The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for a number of counties in the Piedmont Triad.

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The watches and warning was prompted by heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Florence as flash flooding is expected to hit numerous roads and low lying areas.

The NWS warns drivers to turn around and not drown when faced with flooded roads. A large number of deaths happen in vehicles during storm. Flash flooding is extremely dangerous. Homes are also expected to be threatened, as well as a few businesses.

If you notice flooding, move to higher ground immediately.

Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane late Friday night but has slowed to an almost standstill over the Carolinas, dropping feet of rain in some areas. This has caused many places to flood, including areas around Wilmington and several coastal towns in North Carolina.

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Five people have died in North Carolina as a result of the storm and a woman died in South Carolina late Friday night after crashing her car into a tree knocked down by the storm in Upstate S.C.

Florence is moving at just 3 mph to the west and sits about 40 miles south of Florence, S.C., and 50 miles west of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Catastrophic flooding is expected to continue for at least 24 hours in large portions of both Carolina states. Tropical-storm-force winds extend out about 150 miles from the storm's eyewall, but the rain is the real worry when it comes to Florence.