People Responding to Hurricane Warnings as Florence Nears

More than 5.4 million are living in risky areas where hurricane warnings and storm watches have been posted. Four million of the people are living in an area with a tropical storm watch. The people living in Carolina are subjected to the biggest threatas the hurricane is heading over there right now.

Many activities have been postponed including court cases, election campaign, fund raising events, school classes, and football games as a result of the hurricane. Airlines are closing down and flights are being canceled. Ferry services from Ocracoke Island will be suspended with the last round taking place at 9:30 am to Swan Squarter. According to the ferry officials, the ferry services have helped to evacuate 1,582 people.

Prisoners in low and medium security prisons are being evacuated. Animals expected to be displaced by the hurricane have been moved to animal shelters in safer places. In Kentucky and West Virginia, some state parks are offering cheap lodging for people who need shelter. State parks are offering up to 55% discount on their cabins, rooms and campground.

Hurricane Florence is currently 785 miles southeast of Cape Fear and it is heading northwest to Carolina. The Category 4 hurricane has a sustained wind of 140 mph and is expected to intensify to Category 5 hurricane with sustained wind above 157 mph.

Forecasters predict that more than 2 million people will experience power outage. The power outage may linger for an extended period in some places. The outage problem will be even more serious if Hurricane Florence heads north.

South Carolina residents are advised to test the water in their wall on the presence of bacteria contamination following Hurricane Florence. The water of the well can become contaminated and become not suitable for drinking and cooking even if it is being submerged in water for just a short while.

Many states have sent resources to help Carolina prepare for Hurricane Florence. Fire fighting team in Southern California will be deployed to help those stranded in the flood water. In Tennessee, a search and rescue team is also deployed to assist the residents at Virginia before the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

More than 100 emergency personnel has been sent by Louisiana to the Carolina. Louisiana has sent both water rescue team and urban search and rescue team. Nebraska also send 3 dozens of search and rescue team to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trump said that the safety of the American people is his highest priority. Americans living in at risk areas are advised to pack their things and move to a higher ground. If you plan to leave, you should go to the gas station to stock up on the gas to ensure you have enough fuel for the journey. Many gas station in North and South Carolina are said to be running short of fuel.

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Major Flooding Disaster Hits S.C. From Hurricane Joaquin Reminants

By the looks of things, ferocious Hurricane Joaquin will not make direct landfall in the U.S., yet that does not mean the east coast will be spared its wrath. The East Coast may see possibly historic floods all along the coast, well over 12 states. Already 4 states have declared emergencies.

One state Governor already has come on record stating “This is not just any rain,”, declared Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, who also added “This is going to be the heaviest rain we have ever seen.” She is advising residents of her state to stay out of any low lying areas. She also stated she fully expects power outages that will last at least for days, due to wide spread flooding. She has called out the national guard, who are on stand by with well over 150,000 sand bags to help stem the tide of the expected wide scale flooding. It is unusual to see such high ranking public officials come out with such stern warnings ahead of a disaster, which only goes to show how historic this potential flooding may be.

This flooding will develop starting Friday night, and continuing well into the weekend, possibly till as late as Tuesday of the following week. This will begin as Hurricane Joaquin rips past the Bahamas and makes it way north. Already the hurricanes effects have been felt in Maine, Virginia and alas South Carolina, all 3 states have experienced massive flooding, as a direct result of this storm. This category 4 storm is not expected to make direct landfall, due to the Hurricane forecast models, yet history has shown us time and again that these models are merely educated guesses, and that new weather patterns can develop which can drastically alter a Hurricanes projected path. As it stands now Hurricane Joaquin is a Category 4 hurricane, with 130 mph winds, and brings with it in it’s wake a massive amount of moisture, which travels far ahead of it’s path, projected to effect all of the east coast.

If you are a resident of the East Coast, be prepared for power outages, shortages in food, water and basic supplies. Make sure to have an evacuation and emergency plans in place should the weather take a turn for the worst. With careful planing, there should be no loss of life or injuries due to this storm. Being prepared and staying informed is the key here for dealing with Hurricane Joaquin’s effects. It is expected that federal aid will be available for effected communities, and FEMA is already ramping up to prepare for any eventual complications due to this historic storm. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a flood insurance policy, you should keep the phone number handy for the insurance company, should disaster strike.

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