'Start Here': Hurricane Florence, FDA e-cigarette crackdown, FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast. What you need to know to start your day.

PHOTO: Brandon Alston carries a board to be placed over a window of the Casemate Museum on Fort Monroe, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Hampton, Va. The staff is preparing for rising waters and other possible flooding due to Hurricane Florence.PlayAP
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It's Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Here's what you need to start your day:

First up -- Featured stories from today's episode of ABC News' daily podcast, 'Start Here':

1. Hurricane Florence threatens Southeast with catastrophic flooding

Hurricane Florence is swirling toward the Southeast, where several states are threatened. Forecasters expect Florence to hover off the coast of the Carolinas for days, causing catastrophic flooding.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned yesterday that "tens of thousands of structures" could be damaged "from the storm surge alone."

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ABC News Chief National Correspondent Tom Llamas tells us people there are taking the flooding threats and evacuation orders seriously: "They always say, "The wind will hurt you, the water will kill you.' That's what they're afraid of here -- the massive storm surge."

2. $10 million transfer from FEMA to ICE under scrutiny

One of the last things the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs right now is a scandal.

But that's exactly what Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., says FEMA has on its hands -- with $10 million the Trump administration is taking away from the agency to spend instead on its immigration crackdown.

ABC News' Ali Rogin says while that number seems high, it doesn't amount to an actual scandal.

3. FiveThirtyEight forecast: Republicans favored to keep control of the Senate

Republicans have a 2-in-3 chance of maintaining control of the Senate, according to the latest forecast from our partners at FiveThirtyEight.

"On the one hand, you should be nervous if you're Republicans -- a 1-in-3 chance happens a lot," FiveThirtyEight editor in chief Nate Silver tells us. "On the other hand, there are so many vulnerable Democratic-held seats."

PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol is seen as Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg prepares to appear for a hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building, April 11, 2018, in Washington, DC.Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images, FILE
The U.S. Capitol is seen as Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg prepares to appear for a hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building, April 11, 2018, in Washington, DC.

4. FDA cracks down on e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration issued letters and fines to electronic cigarette makers yesterday, asking them to figure out how to make vaping less popular with children or face a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products. More than 2 million middle and high school students were regular users of e-cigarettes last year, according to the FDA.

ABC News Chief Health and Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton tells us kids don't see a risk: "At that age group, the initial appeal is that these aren't real cigarettes."

PHOTO: A man smokes an e-cigarette in this undated stock photo.STOCK/Getty Images
A man smokes an e-cigarette in this undated stock photo.

In other news:

Gunman kills 5, then himself: A man in California went on a shooting spree before taking his own life, police said.

Ken Starr on Donald Trump: " ... I do think it sounds in the nature of an abuse of power ..."

Fager follows Moonves out the door at CBS: Days after CEO and Chairman Leslie Moonves left the network amid allegations of inappropriate behavior, "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager did likewise.

Could Jamie Dimon beat Donald Trump in an election? Don't ask Jamie Dimon: The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, after saying he could defeat the president, told ABC News, "I shouldn't have said it."

The storm on the other side of America: Tropical Storm Olivia may have been downgraded from a hurricane, but it's still producing seriously dangerous conditions in Hawaii.

From our partners at FiveThirtyEight:

Republicans Are Favorites In The Senate, But Democrats Have Two Paths To An Upset

'Nightline' Rewind: Here's what you missed last night:

Couple accused of keeping GoFundMe donations for homeless man: GoFundMe announced it would make sure John Bobbitt receives the full amount of money raised on his behalf.

VIDEO: Couple accused of keeping GoFundMe donations intended for homeless manPlay
Couple accused of keeping GoFundMe donations intended for homeless man

Brigitte Nielson opens up about having a baby at 54: She also blasted the double standard that many older mothers deal with, saying people "can get really mean."

VIDEO: Brigitte Nielson opens up after having a baby at 54 Play
Brigitte Nielson opens up after having a baby at 54

On this day in history:

Sept. 13, 1993 -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders signed a peace agreement at the White House. The agreement was a set of principles intended to make peace work in the future.

Israel, PLO leaders sign peace agreement at the White House.Play
This day in history: Sept. 13, 1993

Today's must-see photo:

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.(photo credit: Chuck Burton/AP)

PHOTO: Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.Chuck Burton/AP
Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

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The International Space Station provides a unique view of Hurricane Florence churning toward the southeastern U.S.

VIDEO: A camera outside the International Space Station captured a striking view of the monster storm.Play
Hurricane Florence viewed from space

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