Forecasters Warn Florence Isn't Finished Yet

At least 17 people have died since the storm made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday.
Posted at 8:34 AM, Sep 17, 2018

Forecasters warned that Florence isn't finished dumping "widespread heavy rains" over the region.  

At least 17 people have died since Florence made landfall Friday in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. It has since weakened to a tropical depression.

Florence has broken the Tar Heel State's record for most rainfall from a tropical storm. The New York Times reports more than 1,000 people have needed rescue from rising floodwaters.

More than half a million homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power Monday morning.

The National Hurricane Center reports Florence is slowly picking up speed. The storm was moving north-northeast at 13 mph Monday — up slightly from 10 mph Sunday night. Flash flood watches are still in effect for much of the East Coast.

Officials say Florence could weaken again before "re-intensifying as it transitions to an extratropical cyclone" over the next couple days. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.