The Red Cross has been preparing for the fallout from Florence and has more than 1,500 of its workers are in North Carolina and more volunteers are being mobilized to aid the approximate 100,000 people that may need emergency shelter during and after Florence.
Walmart, Sam’s Center and Target have thousands of trucks carrying millions of bottles of water to supply store shelves that have run dry this week.
At least 17 people have been confirmed dead as Florence — now a tropical depression — hovers over the Carolinas and pelts the area with record-breaking rainfall.
“Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina … but we’re also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to Ohio as the system exits out,” Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday on Fox News.
The team consists of 11 members of the guard and four team members from rescue teams in Montgomery, Harford, Baltimore and Howard counties. Kohler said they were all headed to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday, where two National Guard helicopters will be used for rescues, according to Kohler.
WTOP’s John Domen and The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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