Florence now post-tropical cyclone, tornado touches down in Richmond

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Forecasters say Florence has transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone that still carries heavy rains and gusty winds.

According to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, Florence has become an increasingly elongated low-pressure area that’s still producing heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic.

By 5 p.m. Monday, the system had top sustained winds of 25 mph. It was centered about 85 miles west-southwest of Morgantown, West Virginia, and moving east-northeast at 14 mph.

Forecasters say catastrophic flooding continued Monday in the Carolinas, and flash flooding and tornado risks were expected as far north as Pennsylvania.

A tornado touched down just outside of Richmond, Virginia, Monday afternoon — at least the second tornado to hit the state as the remnants of the storm pass through.

The National Weather Service said a confirmed tornado was on the ground in Chesterfield County Monday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The county school system said all students were sheltered in place.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said earlier that a tornado damaged three properties in Mecklenberg County, which is near the border with North Carolina.

Large swaths of the state have been under flash-flood and tornado watches and warnings as Florence moves north through the Virginia.