Florence already drops record rainfall. Here are some of the numbers from NC, SC

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Despite some confusion over faulty gauge readings, it appears Florence did drop a record amount of rain in the 24 hours ending Friday night.

The once-major hurricane was downgraded from a Category 1 to a tropical storm as of the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update, but the storm continues to raise flooding concerns as it moved into eastern South Carolina, moving west at 5 mph.

A U.S. Geological Survey rain gauge on 9:06 a.m. Friday showed Atlantic Beach had received 31.37 inches of rainfall over the past 24 hours. That would have easily surpassed North Carolina’s 24-hour rainfall record of 22 inches, recorded in Mitchell County in 1916, but local meteorologists expressed doubts about the reading, according to The News & Observer.

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Later on Friday, USGS online rainfall data confirmed suspicions – indicating an equipment failure for the Atlantic Beach rain gauge.

As of 9:06 p.m. on Friday, however, the gauge at Emerald Isle showed a 24-hour rainfall total of 27.7 inches with no mention of faulty equipment, which would be a state record.

The following are USGS 24-hour rainfall inch totals recorded from 10-11 p.m. Friday at gauges in the path of Florence:

North Carolina

Durham: 1.69

Emerald Isle: 26.32

Greenville: 5.11

Jacksonville: 12.81

Kelly: 6.57

New Bern: 15.95

Raleigh: 1.65

Rocky Mount: 2.36

Surf City: 17:.57

Wilmington: 18.81

Wrightsville Beach: 20.46

South Carolina

Conway (Myrtle Beach area): 6.49

Conway (Crabtree Swamp): 5.38

Effingham: 1.05

Galivants Ferry: 2.06

Kingstree: 1.03

Longs: 5.91