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Storm drenches Florida and causes floods in South Carolina as it moves up East Coast

EORGETOWN, S.C. - An intense late-year storm barreled up the East Coast on Sunday with heavy rains and strong winds that shattered rainfall records, forced water rescues from flooded streets and washed out holiday celebrations.

Authorities rescued dozens of motorists stranded by floodwaters in South Carolina's waterfront community of Georgetown, Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach said. More than 9 inches (22.9 centimeters) of rain fell in the area situated between Charleston and Myrtle Beach since late Saturday.

''It's not just the areas that we normally see flooding, that are flood-prone,'' Broach said. ''It's areas that we're not really expecting to have flooding issues...It's like a tropical storm, it just happens to be in December.''


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