Search-and-rescue team from Maryland heads to SC before storm

Search-and-rescue team from Maryland heads to SC before storm

Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia. The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say. After Florence's rain starts to fall this week, he said, the rainfall could continue through Monday.

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.

Elsewhere in the nation, the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Florence, which will be a major storm.

Florence is predicted to make an overnight landfall Friday west of Wilmington, NC. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported. About 3000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

News that the storm could plow through SC after landfall came shortly after McMaster lifted his mandatory-evacuation order for Beaufort County and many other areas south of Charleston.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

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Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

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. Thinking of the outages likely to come, it also warns to use grills and generators outside - away from doors and windows.

If anyone left out there doubts Florence's sheer capacity to wreak havoc in the coming days, this NOAA satellite image (from former NASA scientist and Professor Marshall Shepherd) should do the convincing.

And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said. It could be one of the most intense hurricanes to strike the Southeast in at least two decades.

Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall.

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a Category 4 hurricane?"

By comparison, LaCorte said portions of Western North Carolina received up to a foot of rain from the remnants of a tropical storm in late May that caused deadly mudslides. In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas.

"Some strengthening is forecast through tonight".

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