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Griff Jenkins spots a snake in the waters of the flood, while the reporting of Florence.

Tropical Storm Florence made landfall on Friday, causing powerful storm surges and catastrophic flooding. But in addition to the destruction, the storm may also lead to a wave of poisonous snakes.

Thad Bowman, with the Alligator Adventure zoo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, told The Sun News that residents in the Carolina’s should be on the lookout for poisonous snakes such as cottonmouths and copperheads, which can be displaced from their habitats as a result of the storm.

The displacement would lead to the reptiles to the wind in the water, ” he said.

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Although copperheads bite is rarely fatal, they are a kind of serpent, which is the most likely to bite,” Live Science reported. Cottonmouths — sometimes referred to as “water moccasins” — a potent poison that can be deadly, the publication also reported.

“They inject with poison, which causes tissue damage, platelet loss, causes bleeding, it can cause the death of” Gerald O’malley, director of toxicology at the Grand Street Hospital in Myrtle Beach, told the newspaper of the snakes.

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Archer warned that the local population has to stay inside during the storm if they are not asked to evacuate. However, if you are bitten by a snake swept into the water, Bowman said a medical treatment as soon as possible.

While some hospitals may be closed due to the storm, the Conway Medical Center is open, The Sun News reported.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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