Eight dead in Florence storm

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Tropical Storm Florence hit the US mid-Atlantic coast on Friday, triggering dangerous flooding, knocking out power in nearly 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths.

The storm dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday.

Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore, but its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 km (2 miles) per hour, threatens to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days.

"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event," said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

With flood waters rising rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters. Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of potential landslides, as well the possibility of flood waters imperiling dams and bridges as rivers and creeks swelled.

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