September 13, 2018–As Hurricane Florence–now downgraded to a Category 2 storm–bears down on the Carolinas, communities in its path have begun to experience the storm’s effects with winds upward of 75 mph and heavy rain. Florence is expected to move onshore late tonight into early tomorrow as a Category 2 or 3 storm, and will stall over the states for several days, dumping record rains and bringing a storm surge up to 13 feet–likely to cause flooding in many island and coastal communities.
Operation USA has begun readying aid for delivery to community-based partners in impacted areas once damage from the storm becomes known. In addition to shipping relief materials, cleanup supplies and medical/hospital equipment, we are also preparing to make cash grants to aid in recovery and to support long-term recovery programs. Your donations make this work possible. Give now at give.opusa.org.
September 11, 2018– Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 storm, is headed for the Atlantic Coast of the United States and will likely bring catastrophic winds and rain to parts of North and South Carolina, with the potential to also cause flooding and damage in Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland later this week. As of Tuesday, Florence’s center had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and was about 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The massive storm is expected to make landfall late Thursday into early Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
Evacuation orders are in place for large parts of the southeastern United States coastline, and upwards of one million people are expected to flee before the storm hits. The National Hurricane Center has issued warnings for “an extremely dangerous major hurricane” and is advising all those in its path to take necessary safety precautions.
Operation USA is monitoring the storm and preparing to provide relief aid supplies and long-term recovery support once the full extent of damage is known and as opportunities allow. Donations at this time will help us to ship material aid–including clean up and rebuilding supplies–to community-based partners and deliver cash grants to aid in recovery. To support these efforts, please visit give.opusa.org.
This is a developing storm and we will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.
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