Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR said the administration was taking money from FEMA's "response and recovery" to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency at a time when Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Southeast U.S. coast.
Florence is forecast to crawl up to the North Carolina coast late this week and turn slowly left - a development that would smash the Tar Heel State with life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and inundating rain while also endangering a large portion of SC.
Despite the county remaining in a state of emergency, Hurricane Florence is beginning to track more northwest, which means the community will feel fewer effects from the storm, according to the National Weather Service. "If that thing is still coming at us about 120 miles per hour, I may change my mind", said McGowan, who lives in Compass Pointe, northwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Maryland and the District of Columbia have declared states of emergency.
Maps of Florence's route show its centre will most likely strike the southern coast of North Carolina. The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say.
Should other states request storm-related assistance from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, GEMA would in turn ask its Athens counterpart if the county could lend a hand by sending supplies or personnel to storm-ravaged areas.
Michelle Stober loaded up valuables on Tuesday at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.
Mayor Joe Benson of Carolina Beach, a small town near Wilmington with a permanent population of about 6,300, said he believes half of the residents have stayed on the island.
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Kevin Goricki, who came to visit the normally idyllic area - known as the backdrop for the hit 2000s-era series "Dawson's Creek" - still intends to enjoy the beach with his family.
"The biggest thing is you're always anxious about yourself and friends and family - and whether they'll have a place to come back to", he said.
There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States. It had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kmh).
In the press conference, Cooper noted the forecast calls for storm surge taller than many homes. But authorities warned it will still be an extremely risky hurricane.
It is expected to make landfall in the area later this week..
The National Weather Service in a 2014 report said that most surge deaths occurred in Hurricane Katrina and several other big, powerful storms.
Hurricane watches are in place around most of the SC coast, and tropical storm warnings were in effect in southern Virginia. In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas.
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