- Close to 900,000 (number growing and expected to reach 3 million) people without power
- More than 100's of rescues and now fatalities reported
- Catastrophic flash flooding and major river flooding.
- Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been issued.
- Florence's remnant will linger in parts of the East into early next week.
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Hurricane Florence: People & Pets - Tracking the Storm - Updates
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Pentagon Preps Personnel To Help During Florence - The Pentagon is sending troops and personnel to assist as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Carolina coastline.
Forces have been deployed along the East Coast on land and at sea to respond to the hurricane's landfall in North Carolina. Personnel with helicopters and swift-water boats are preparing to rescue people swept up in floodwaters. Trucks capable of maneuvering through deep water are being dispatched throughout the Southeast.
At sea, amphibious ships are being positioned with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to provide aid. The Army and Air National Guard has activated nearly three-thousand soldiers to aid in search-and-rescue, distribute food and water and clear storm debris. The Army Corps of Engineers will be managing dams in the region.
The Navy evacuated ships, submarines and aircraft from the world's largest naval installation in Hampton Roads, Virginia earlier this week. The commander of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic said the ships fare better in rough seas than being tied to a pier during storms.
Source: USA Today
The path of Hurricane Florence has shifted south.
The probable forecast path now shows the storm shifting toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the South Carolina coast. According to the National Hurricane Center the "cone of uncertainty" is expanding and expected to stretch to Georgia and Tennessee as well. The NHC predicts the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding."
Coastal North Carolina is expected to get 20 to 30 inches of rain while some areas of South Carolina are expected to get 40 inches. The massive storm itself is over 441 miles wide.
Source: Weather Channel
States Begin Sending More Help In Advance of Florence Landfall - With the possibility of Hurricane Florence becoming a category 5 storm as she replaces her eyewall again, more states are sending help ahead of landfall.
Two of the Mississippi National Guard's heavy-lift helicopters will assist in hurricane recovery operations on the east coast. Some other Mississippi National Guard personnel will be stationed at an Air Force base in Florida which will be coordinating hurricane relief operations. And a dozen American Red Cross workers are leaving Mississippi to help in the states that Florence will hit.
Utility workers from Florida are also heading to the Carolinas to help get the power back on after Hurricane Florence passes through. Florida Power & Light is sending more than 500 workers, many of whom took part in restoration efforts last year following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Spokeswoman Florencia Olivera says FPL is happy to return the favor after lineworkers from more than 30 states and Canada came to Florida during Hurricane Irma. Olivera says workers will ride out the storm from safe positions, and then move to get the lights back on as soon as possible.
Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York also have people on the ground in the Carolinas and at the ready to assist.
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Direct from FEMA:
- Visit the National Hurricane Center for the latest on the storm.
- Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov (Spanish) for tips on how to prepare for and stay safe during hurricanes and flooding.
- Download the FEMA Mobile App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service, get safety and survival tips, customize your emergency checklist, find your local shelter, and upload your disaster photos to help first responders.
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Direct from FEMA:
- Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical system. It poses a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area. Three to five feet of storm surge are expected.
- There is the potential for flooding with this storm. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Four to eight inches of rain are expected, with 10 inch totals in isolated locations.
- If you encounter floodwaters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.
- Be familiar with evacuation routes, have a family communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have a plan for pets. Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov to learn these and other preparedness tips for tropical storms.
- Know your evacuation zone and be sure to follow the direction of state, local, and tribal officials if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
- If you have a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy, you may be eligible for reimbursement of actions taken to protect your property. Call your NFIP insurance agent to find out more.
- Get to know the terms that are used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.
For a tropical storm:
- A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 39 MPH or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
- A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less.
For a hurricane:
- A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 74 MPH poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
- A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
For coastal flooding:
- A Coastal Flood Watch is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is possible. A Coastal Flood Warning is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
- A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent
DIRECTLY from The American Red Cross
Hurricane Safety Steps
Find a shelter by visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. You can also follow these safety steps:
- Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
- If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.
- Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.
- Head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
- Turn around, don’t drown. If driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.
- Make sure you have a plan and supplies for your pets. Download the free Red Cross Pet First Aid App for emergency preparedness tips, a pet-friendly hotel locator and an animal hospital locator.
During the storm:
- Stay indoors.
- Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.
- Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.
- Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
- Don’t forget your pets. Bring them indoors and maintain direct control of them. Prepare an emergency kit for your pets, including sturdy leashes or pet carriers, food and water, bowls, cat litter and pan, and photos of you with your pet in case they get lost.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.