FEMA: More than a million people evacuating coast, hurricane expected to cause “massive damage”

FEMA: More than a million people evacuating coast, hurricane expected to cause “massive damage”
Florence will likely make landfall somewhere between Charleston, SC and Norfolk, VA as a major hurricane on Thursday or Thursday night. (Source: KSLA News 12)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Red Cross held a press conference this morning discussing preparations for Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane, expected to make landfall early Friday morning, will put millions of people in the path of danger around the Atlantic coast. The representatives of these agencies stressed the intensity which the hurricane would maintain as it hit the Carolinas in particular.

FEMA: More than 1 million people evacuating the coast, hurricane expected to "cause massive damage"

Officials explained that the hard impact of this Category 4 storm would cause “massive damage” and that there would be a need for a “long-term recovery” in the weeks and months afterwards. FEMA representative Steve Goldstein explained that this, “would not just involve a government-level response, this is going to involve a whole-of-community response.”

To better protect the safety of everyone in the storm’s path, the agencies requested a team-effort from people living in the area. Proactive measures such as building an emergency supply kit, listing out contact information, and staying informed about new warnings and developments as they emerged were all recommended by the Red Cross. “It’s important to know where you’re going before you leave the house”, advised Charlie English with the Red Cross.

As Florence comes closer to the shore it is important that people living in affected areas make the effort to evacuate if at all possible and those in other regions that may not absorb a direct hit should still take the necessary precautions listed by these agencies.

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