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Tropical-storm warning issued for county

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By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical-storm warning for Lancaster County, with 10-plus inches of rain expected here as Hurricane Florence moves inland over the next several days.
A tropical-storm warning means that winds of 36 to 73 mph are possible. The weather service has also issued a flash-flood watch for the county.
According to the 8:30 a.m. update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence – now downgraded to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of about 90 mph –  was about 140 miles east of Sumter and moving west at about 6 mph.
Based on that track and slowing speeds, the main body of the storm is expected to pass over Columbia about 2 a.m. Sunday, said Darren Player, Lancaster County’s emergency management director.
“We’ll probably see wind speeds somewhere between 40 and 60 mph once it gets over the middle of the state,” he said.
Player said Lancaster County is expecting up to 11 inches of rain this weekend, followed by river flooding next week.
The storm is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain in parts of the Carolinas from today through Monday. 
The massive storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., at 7:15 a.m. Friday.
The Post & Courier reported that wind gusts peaked at 105 mph about 8 a.m., the highest winds recorded in 60 years at Wilmington International Airport.
Flood warnings have also been issued for parts of Eastern North Carolina. Various media are reporting that New Bern area has been hit with pounding winds and driving rains.
More than 500,000 homes in Eastern North Carolina have already lost power.
This is a continuing story. The Lancaster News will have updates throughout the weekend as they become available.

Follow reporter Greg Summers on Twitter @GregSummersTLN or contact him at (803) 283-1156.