Hurricane Florence: slow-moving storm will cause ‘disastrous floods’ – live updates

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More than 500,000 people without power as ‘life-threatening’ storm lashes US central seaboard with damaging winds and extremely heavy rainfall

The latest update from the National Hurricane Center reports that Florence has slowed off its already sluggish 5 MPH pace to 3 MPH. That’s the average speed a person walks.

Maximum sustained winds are down to below 80 mph which is significant because 74 mph is the minimum sustained threshold for a category 1 hurricane.

Photographs now emerging from the Florence-battered Carolinas paint a scene of devastation, rescue and whole lot of hard work.

Related: East coast battered by Hurricane Florence – in pictures

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