HURRICANE FLORENCE | NC GOV. COOPER’S KEY MESSAGE TO CITIZENS

 

HURRICANE FLORENCE | NC GOV. COOPER’S UPDATE

During a press conference today addressing Hurricane Florence, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper offered Citizens storm updates, impacts, what to expect in the coming days, safety precautions, shelter Information and best contacts for help. View the Governor’s Facebook Page for full video.

Governor Cooper began his statement with some staggering stats regarding this storm, citing “Wind gust in Wilmington as high at 105 mph. The highest recorded since 1958.” He continued with a powerful statement of how this day, Friday September 14, 2018 began, stating “The sun rose this morning on an extremely dangerous situation and it’s getting worse. The storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days, and be a major inland event as well.”

Governor Cooper addressed North Carolinians with a direct and stern warning, “To those in the storm’s path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place. ‘Do Not’ go out in this storm. The Weather Service says flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere.”

HURRICANE FLORENCE | NC GOV. COOPER’S KEY MESSAGE

Rivers

Governor Cooper made it expressly clear, the dangers of any areas near rivers cautioning, “Stay alert, Rivers have significant flooding. He went on to make clear the dangers not only to Citizens, but First Responders if safety measures were not followed, “Stay alert for evacuation notices around these rivers and leave if you are told to. Otherwise stay indoors and off the roads. Don’t put your life or the lives of Emergency Responders in danger.”

The Current Impact 

“Right now we have about a half a million North Carolinians’ without power.”

“We have approx. twenty (20) thousand or so people in a 157 shelters. That number fluctuates, more shelters will be set up.”

What To Expect

“High winds will pick up through Central NC, putting trees, homes and power lines at risk”.

“The relentless rains will continue through the weekend.”

Safety Precautions

• Stay indoors
• Don’t drive through water
• Never use a generator indoors
• Don’t fly DRONES in a disaster area. If you do, Rescue Helicopters will have a difficult time operating.
• Be alert and listen to the radio for warnings about wind, Tornados, rising water, or orders to shut off gas, water and power.

Shelter Information

• Shelter information is available at the ReadyNC App, our website (readync.org)or by dialing 211.
• Individuals using ‘Video Relay Service’ for the deaf and hard of hearing should dial 888-892-1162
• If you have an emergency, call 911

To all North Carolina and South Carolina residents, stay safe.

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