Friday, 21 September, 2018

LDS Church missionaries evacuated as ‘storm of a lifetime’ nears East Coast

Enhanced satellite image courtesy Intellectual Reserve Enhanced satellite image courtesy Intellectual Reserve
Kristen Harrington | 14 September, 2018, 11:27

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic.

So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence.

Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. Adding to the storm stress is uncertainty about where exactly Florence will make landfall, after a shift in its track put more of the Southeast in danger.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

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Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in coastal areas are being moved to safe locations as Hurricane Florence, which forecasters say could be the "storm of a lifetime", approaches the East Coast. Since moving south, she has lived through many hurricanes but did not want to chance anything with Hurricane Florence.

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland have all declared states of emergency ahead of Florence.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote on September 11.

A team of four girls at the school - seventh-graders Alana Garrick and Mary Brooke Mooneyham and sixth-graders Alyse King and Ashlin Farmer - were selected in January for a student spaceflight program that launched an experiment they developed up to the space station to test. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said.

In Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, people have until 8 p.m. Wednesday to evacuate.

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Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in 2014, Benson and her family stayed because it was only a Category 1 storm.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

Hundreds more flights canceled as Florence nears the Carolina coastal area
As if the storm itself is not risky enough, it is expected to spawn tornadoes in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday. Navarro concluded by emphasizing again that this is a serious life-threatening situation and people need to be evacuating.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.

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