Hurricane Florence Message

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Washington, September 13, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

Hurricane Florence Message

Folks,

As you know, Hurricane Florence is moving quickly toward the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina. Over the last 48 hours the National Weather Service has graded the hurricane as 'Category 4,' and now downgraded to 'Category 2.' It is expected to make landfall sometime later today, Thursday, September 13.

Be advised the hurricane's path over the last 24 hours has slightly diverted SOUTH, which puts Western NC at a greater risk as the storm moves through this weekend. Federal officials at FEMA are expecting widespread flooding, power outages, and impassable roadways throughout the state.

Earlier this week, the North Carolina Congressional delegation sent a letter to the White House requesting resources for a state of emergency. President Trump immediately approved the request. Federal, state, and local resources are in sync and emergency resources are being deployed. The response from federal, state, and local officials has been outstanding and we are continuing to monitor the storm. I remain in contact with FEMA officials.

The most IMPORTANT message we can share: If you or your loved ones are still in (or near) the area where the hurricane is expected to land, please finish all preparations now, if you have not done so already.

Remember, we have resources and preparation tips available on our official website should you need. That page can be found here. The four planning steps we encourage:

  1. Develop a plan
  2. Consider the specific needs of your household
  3. Fill out a ‘Family Emergency Plan’ checklist
  4. Practice your plan with your family/household

We will continue posting updates on my Facebook page here and on my Twitter page here. FEMA also regularly maintains both a Facebook page and a Twitter page where you can stay updated.

Additionally,FEMA and “ReadyNC” have apps for smartphones, available to be downloaded, which give info on current shelters and all emergency resources for NC, updated in real time. These are strong resources.

This storm has the potential to affect the entire state.Please spread the word, remind friends and family, and contact us if you need anything. We will keep updating you and be monitoring the storm all throughout the rest of the week.

Finally, if you’re not in the area, please pray for families in the path of the hurricane—particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina where it is expected to land today. This is a very dangerous storm and many families are facing potentially significant damage.
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