Hurricane Florence, with its 140 mph winds, continues its “life-threatening” push toward the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic states — where more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate.
President Donald Trump late Monday approved an emergency declaration for North Carolina as ‘life-threatening’ Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and is expected to strengthen to a Category 5 storm, Fox News reports.
Winds could reach nearly 150 mph Tuesday night or Wednesday, just shy of Category 5 strength.The storm is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast Thursday night.
“We here in North Carolina are bracing for a hard hit,” North Carolina Gov. Ray Cooper said Monday.
At noon on Tuesday, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud says lanes will be reversed on four of the largest roads leading to the South Carolina coast, so cars will only be able to drive inland. Similar evacuations are happening all the way up to Virginia, where the governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents of some low-lying coastal areas. CBS News
The severity of Hurricane Florence is that it is still building in strength and turning into a monster that intends to ravage everything in it’s path when it makes land fall. Not everyone is capable of evacuation not to mention the animals that will be effected by this.
Fort Bragg soldiers will not be evacuating in North Carolina, they are the FEMA disaster response for the East Coast and therefore they remain on base and will ride out the hurricane so that afterwards they can begin rescue and aid.
Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the U.S. Army airborne and special operations forces.
FEMA has begun staging supplies at Fort Bragg as Hurricane Florence barrels closer to the Carolina coast. And soldiers and airmen across the installation are working to mitigate damage to infrastructure and military equipment.
FEMA officials have often used Fort Bragg to distribute blankets, generators, water, cots and other emergency supplies to hard-hit areas following disasters. And local troops have been part of relief efforts in recent years, including last year when hundreds of soldiers and airmen were deployed to the Caribbean, Texas and Florida following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Fayetteville Observer
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.