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Berks-based Red Cross chapter on ground in South Carolina

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Berks-based Red Cross chapter on ground in South CarolinaThe assault on the Carolinas by Florence is well underway.

Berks-based Red Cross chapter on ground in South Carolina

You, jim.

Now to our other top stor?

The devastation being caused by florence.

The storm has just been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

It's hammering parts of north carolina, and it's already being blamed for at least four deaths.

We have team coverage of the storm..

We start with tom rader, live at the red cross in reading, which is helping with the relief efforts.


Wendy, local red cross leader adrian grieve is on the ground in south carolina, where he, along with hundreds of others continue to prepare shelters for the hours and days ahead.

>*nat soun* hurricane winds and rain >>adrian grieve/ american red cross, berks chapter "these storms are so unpredictable and they change so quickly."

>>reporter: that lack of predictability is combated with preparedness, as many are already on the ground in the carolinas as hurricane florence moves in, including adrian grieve with the tr?county chapter of the red cross.

>>adrian grieve/ american red cross, berks chapter "i'm in an area that we have set up as our headquarters, which is in columbia, south carolina."

"we have over 200, what we call visiting staff, people like myself who have come into south carolina to help."

>>reporter: and that number is expected to grow in the days ahead.

>>adrian grieve/ american red cross, berks chapter "we have a one of our mental health workers coming in from berks county today, actually.

She'll be arriving later this afternoon."

>>reporter: currently, grieve's staff on the ground is in a holding pattern of preparedness.

>>adrian grieve/ american red cross, berks chapter "right now, our preparedness is really our major piece.

We have shelters open.

We have 59 shelters open last night across the entire state."

>>reporter: meanwhile, water rescues are already underway in north carolina... >> gov.

Roy cooper/ north carolina "overnight, there were over 100 swift water rescues in this great city, and we expect more."

>>reporter: and south carolina is next... >>chris wamsley/ noaa "i do want to emphasize that this is only the beginning.

>>tom rader: so adrien grieve with the red cross says he expects to be down there for the next two to three weeks and he said if you're interested in volunteering to join him you can contact the tri county chapter of the american red cross.

Live in reading, tom rader, 69 news.

>>>wendy davis: thank you,

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