FLORENCE BESIEGES CAROLINAS WITH FLOODWATERS
Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Some towns have received more than 2 feet (60 meters) of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains with as much as 3½ feet (1 meter) of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week. At least four people have died, and authorities fear the toll will go higher as the tropical storm crawls westward Saturday across South Carolina. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an “uninvited brute” that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land. “The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending,” Cooper said.