South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said Friday his state is already getting the support it needs from Washington as Hurricane Florence continues its assault, and he's grateful.
"I've been in the Senate for five years," the Republican lawmaker told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "This is the first time the president of the United States has called me before an event."
He added that Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has has called, as have Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and others, "which is also significant."
"The good news is it's gone from a Cat 4 to Cat 1," said Scott. "The bad news is that hurricanes are not wind events only. They're really water events. Which means that the impact of the water is going to be significant and the size of it is the ugly part. You put South Carolina and North Carolina together, Florence is larger than both and it is slow."
Meanwhile, the direction of the storm is heading toward South Carolina, and "we're not even in the woods yet," said Scott.
Inland communities are also in danger, said Scott.
"Remember, South Carolina just had a 1,000-year flood two-and-a-half years ago, which means the agriculture community, there is not a lot of elasticity left," said Scott. "There are a lot of folks whose livelihoods could be lost during that devastating event and why it's important for us to be on the front end in preparation and not simply hustling on the back end."
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