Forecasters say the storm is as wide as Kansas and speeding up its progress, reports CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts. By late Monday, 1,300 National Guardsmen were ordered to coastal staging areas in South Carolina to help prepare for a possible close encounter with the giant storm.
In Charleston Monday evening, Mayor Joseph Riley Jr. said the troops were ready for the worst.
Charleston residents loaded up Monday for what was still a faraway storm.
Up and down the east coast Monday, swimmers ignored warnings. Fierce riptides claimed two lives in Delaware and on the New Jersey shore. In Atlantic City, surfers rolled the dice. Some lost, as rescuers plucked over 100 people out of the water due to riptides.
Reported by Byron Pitts
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