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* Florence will weaken to a tropical depression later today based on the trend of lowering wind speeds, but the already-dangerous flooding in North Carolina will get even worse because the storm is only moving inland at 2 mph.

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Florence track

* A preliminary rain total of 30.58 inches measured near Swansboro, N.C. appears to have surpassed North Carolina's hurricane rainfall record of 24.06 inches from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. More torrential rain will fall in that area today and Sunday.

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Swansboro rain

The storm's heavy rain bands will persist over the southeastern part of North Carolina through Sunday, which will bring that region unprecedented rainfall totals and catastrophic flooding.

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RAINFALL

Additional rainfall totals from Florence, according to NOAA. Florence will bring a widespread area of several inches of rain or more to much of the Carolinas and portions of western Virginia, with extreme amounts near Wilmington and Fayetteville.

Southwestern Virginia is likely to see several inches of rainfall on Sunday and Monday and isolated totals in excess of 1 foot as the remnants of Florence move to the north.

Flash flooding will be a significant danger along and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with landslides, isolated tornadoes and eventual flooding on the New River, Dan River and Roanoke River.

Central Virginia forecast:

Latest details here.

Check Richmond.com/weather for John Boyer's videos and forecast updates. Contact him at JBoyer@timesdispatch.com.

This article originally ran on richmond.com.

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