"For perspective, that's nearly *double* the previous all-time record for an East Coast hurricane".
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.
A social media post from the City of Dover noted that "Delaware is not taking the brunt of this storm."The area could see high winds and saturated soil that could that could lead toelectric outages from fallen trees, the post added".
Isaac had recorded maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and is moving west at 15 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning. "Storm surge watches are in effect in these areas - hurricane watches are in effect for coastal South Carolina, North Carolina".
FRIDAY: Widespread showers and thunderstorms.
The NHC warned that hurricane force winds may extend 65 kilometers from the center and tropical-storm-force winds may reach 240 kilometers outward.
The map below, published by the NOAA, shows the most likely arrival time over the next few days. Although North Carolina is still expected to see the worst of the storm, a more southern track would mean that states further north - like Virginia - could be spared of some nasty weather.
"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.
Historically, 90 per cent of fatalities from hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions have been caused by water, said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
As Florence moves toward land, it will push a wall of water with it.
A hurricane hunter plane has flown through the eye of the storm to gather data on its strength.
There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.