Emergency officials are still manning the Emergency Operations Center in Yadkin County though conditions remain relatively calm locally as of Saturday morning. The storm has lingered excruciatingly on the coast of the Carolinas leaving devastation in its wake.
Earlier in the week county and municipal leaders declared a State of Emergency as the storm’s predicted path at the time was expected to cause heavy flooding and high winds.
Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday Yadkin Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal said he was waiting on the latest updates for the area but last night’s weather forecast still indicated the storm would pass through South Carolina and then take a northerly turn which could still bring 7 to 10 inches of rain to the area.
The storm has weakened, Vestal said, so the 20 to 30 mile wind gusts expected locally may not be as much of a concern once the storm makes its way here.
A 5 a.m. advisory message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that “life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from Western North Carolina into west-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia as Florence moves slowly inland.”
Tropical storm conditions will continue along the coast and well inland with life-threatening storm surge along portions of the North Carolina coast and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and in South Carolina as well, according to NOAA.
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