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Dont play games with it: Storm takes aim at Carolinas

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Sandy Nunez | 15 September, 2018, 22:24

A search-and-rescue team is being deployed by FEMA from Montgomery County in Maryland to help in SC as the area braces for Hurricane Florence.

Small said the precautions have worked in previous hurricanes, but he said he remained wary of the flooding potential from the storm with the same name as his town.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

"The time to prepare is nearly over", he said.

The storm, which fell from category four to category three on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is expected to strengthen despite it weakening on Wednesday. The storm is more than likely to develop into a tropical depression and bring several inches of rain to the Houston area.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

The latest forecasts show the storm lingering near the coast and bringing intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as 40 inches (1m) of rain, to Virginia.

"This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm".

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in coastal area of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.

"Plan to be without power for days", Cooper said. The agency is in constant contact with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

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Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier. He adds, "Businesses in Myrtle Beach are to have operations ceased and secured by 5 this afternoon".

A tropical disturbance with a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression is moving toward the South Texas coast and will make landfall by the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

In the first report of storm-related fatalities, a mother and infant died after a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to local police. Those pipelines carry fuel from the Gulf Coast to much of the eastern United States. "But even if you're in that west or south side of the storm you can see some rainfall".

Satellite images show Florence has maintained a distinct eye and is well-organized. It could be one of the most intense hurricanes to strike the Southeast in at least two decades.

Analysts at Cox Automotive predicted that Florence won't destroy as many cars as Hurricane Harvey did in the car-dependent Houston area.

Florence is unusual in that it is aiming at the Carolinas from the east. "People who live in New Bern have experienced hurricanes before, but it has been a long time since we have experienced something like this".

Meteorologists are warning of potentially catastrophic flooding in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 40 inches of rain expected in parts of SC.

This means the storm will have less of an impact in northern North Carolina and southern Virginia and more of an impact on southern North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people. "It goes well inland". "The rain may last for days, and not hours".

Tropical disturbance Invest 95L as of Wednesday morning. "It's called Mother Nature".