States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

But DHS officials said the money was transferred from unspent operational accounts for training, office supplies and headquarters costs.

The $10 million transfer came not from disaster accounts but from a pot of money at headquarters, covering employee training, travel, purchase card expenses and the like.

"In collaboration with state emergency agencies and the Georgia Hospital Association, we are monitoring bed counts daily so that we can quickly and accurately assist with any necessary evacuations", said Sydney Walker, spokesperson for Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.

Florence, a category 4 hurricane, is now moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 17mph.

"If you don't have a plan in place, you still have time to do something", Jones said.

The latest tracks for Category 4 storm Florence, released early Wednesday morning, now have the storm staying farther south, following the European model.

"It now looks increasingly possible that Florence will stay near the coast (either inland or just offshore) for a day or longer, perhaps moving southwest along the coast".

Both Athens hospitals were monitoring the progress of the storm in case they were needed to receive patients from areas impacted by the storm.

Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the three-state region.

Tecklenburg said his flood-prone city is preparing for "copious rain" by clearing out the city's drainage system and getting boats and portable pumps ready. Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday.

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew.

The NHC is warning it will bring the risk of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" and "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding" to parts of the mid-Atlantic states.

Storm 91W, Typhoon Mangkhut and Storm 27W appear to be heading towards South East Asia as they line up in the Western Pacific.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 3 metres of water in spots, projections showed.

Across southeastern North Carolina, north of Cape Fear, Florence could hit so hard that entire areas "may become uninhabitable for an extended period", the center stated.

Hurricane Isaac is now moving through the western tropical Atlantic Ocean but will likely bring heavy rain and damaging winds to parts of the Lesser Antilles later this week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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