Preparations up and down the East Coast for Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a category two storm, but is still prompted to bringing heavy rain and dangerous winds to the Carolinas.

The entire coast of South Carolina is under a mandatory evacuation, as well as much of the North Carolina coast.

People are preparing for the potentially devastating storm by boarding up houses and getting out of town.

Meanwhile, our neighbors in New York and Pennsylvania  are helping residents down South prepare. 

Volunteers at Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for example, are busy getting items ready to sent to areas impacted by Florence. 

Thousands of these supplies will sit inside Mission Central until they are shipped out to disaster relief areas. 

Over in New York, a task force of specially-trained members of the NYPD and FDNY have been deployed to North Carolina in advance of Hurricane Florence.

New York Task Force 1 specializes in urban search and rescue, and diaster recovery. 

The team of 83 first responders has plenty of prior experience working the wake of hurricanes, and members are trained in 19 different types of rescue disciplines. 

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