NEW: Hurricane Matthew Recovery Efforts | Robeson NC | Update 1

Updated 4:30 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Robeson County, North Carolina was one of many areas hit hard by Hurricane Matthew’s fury on October 7th (Friday) and 8th (Saturday), 2016.  This post and future ones are all about how the Robeson County (NC) area was devastated and their efforts to recover from Matthew’s aftermath.

To give you a perspective of how large this incident truly is, let’s put it in acres.  Over 600,000 acres have been impacted by Matthew in one shape or form.

Water is in the forecast to recede to a “Minor Flood Stage” on October 27, 2016.

Though there is no 100% guarantee when this is due to be cleaned up, Emergency Managers are tentatively saying they are looking at a date of November 30th.  This area will forever be changed from Matthew’s fury, but the people will move forward and prosper once again.

Record-Breaking Impacts

Historic Flooding:  Hurricane Matthew impact over the area dropped torrential downpours and tropical storm force winds led to historic flooding of the Lumber River.

Flooded:  Almost 7100 structures in Robeson County alone.

Road Conditions:  Of the impacted areas, 41 road closures were in effect due to washed out bridges and culverts.  Portions of I-95 and US 74 crossing the Lumber River are closed to traffic.

Shelters:  Multiple Red Cross shelters are being managed by the Agency along with the County EOC.

County EOC:  The Robeson EOC is being assisted by the National Guard to manage a number of food/water distribution points.

Water Supply:  The County’s Municipal water supply systems have been restored.  Work is in process to return the City of Lumberton’s water treatment plant back to an operational status.

Utilities:  Crews are working to repair and replace the utilities infrastructure.  Slowly, they are able to restore and reduce the number of customer outages. However, in some areas where it is still flooded, workers have to wait for the water to recede before being able to restore power due to safety concerns.

Staffing:  There are 598 incident personnel and cooperators from 110 various Agencies that have responded to hurricane damage and the flooding aftermath in this area alone.

SOCIAL MEDIA

From A First Responders Point-of-View

“SFD Deployment Strike Team returned some pics of search and rescue missions since they have been in Lumberton and Robeson County.” – Fire Salisbury NC (10/14/2016)

Credit: Fire Salisbury NC

“MCFD has dispatched 3 firefighters, a Pumper-Tanker, and a utility truck.” Morehead City FD. (10/12/2016)

“Holly Springs Fire Dept. Boat Team in Robeson County to assist in saving stranded livestock from farms. Neighbors helping neighbors.” – Wake County, NC  (10/14/2016)

Credit: Wake County, NC

State of Emergency

“NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR: When Robeson Co called us for help, we considered it our duty to help displaced families.” Durham Sheriff (10/16/2016)

“Repairs are currently underway on I-95 at mile marker 18.” NC DOT

Credit: NC DOT

“We are working to get medicine and pharmaceuticals to shelters.” – Gov Office NC (10/8/2016)

“Rainfall reports: 11.57″ – Bladen Co; 8.64 Robeson County; 8.5 since midnight – Fayetteville Reg Airport; 8.15″ in Columbus Co.” Emergency Management (10/8/2016)

The People Have Spoken

“Lumberton NC (Robeson Co) 50 yrs living here I’ve never seen such devastation. We will rise again.”

“First load of donations delivered to American Indian Mothers Inc.”

“Everyone pls. send healing vibes towards the flood victims.”

“Robeson is the poorest county in the state…. it’s also 38% Native American & 25% black.”

“On Indigenous People Day, don’t forget Robeson Co. NC floods, where poverty is high & many identify as Lumbee Indian.”

“The Trumps (@LaraLeaTrump) delivered tons of supplies for flood victims as well! Thank you from Robeson County NC!”

“ok y’all. We need a benefit concert for us in Robeson County NC.”

“I never thought something like this would happen to Robeson County, it has really open my eyes to how grateful we should be.”

“… is one of the poorest regions in NC & the aftermath Mathew left is heartbreaking to watch.”

Via News Media Coverage 

“All Public schools closed Monday-Wednesday”. (10/16/2016)

” A firefighter injured when hit by falling tree. Difficulty transported to hospital due to blocked roads and flooding.” (10/14/2016)

“The County continues to face challenges due to the flooding.” (10/14/2016)

“Anson County leads donation efforts, sends supplies.”  (10/14/2016)

“Gov. McCrory says 17 people are now confirmed dead to Hurricane Matthew effects in NC. Two more deaths reported today.” (10/11/2016)

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew Widespread Damage | Update 8

Updated 1950 PM EDT

STORM FACTS

  • Weather – Hurricane Matthew is downgraded from Cat 1 to Tropical Storm
  • More Storms – While Matt is downgraded, Nicole does a hairpin and is due to hit Bermuda later in the week. – The NWS

Credit: NWS

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Haiti – 900-1500 killed directly from storm
  • Cholera Breakout – 15 killed from disease breakout
  • U.S. – 4 killed.
  • VA Beach – Major flooding.
  • Wrightsville Beach – suffers significant dune and beach erosion
  • Oak Island (NC) – Waves break off large section of the Island pier
  • Charleston (SC) – Flooded streets told it will get worse when high tide comes

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Red Cross – 2700+  workers support relief efforts in 5 different States
  • NY Task Force 1 – helping with flood rescues in Fayetteville (NC)
  • Jacksonville (SC) Police Department 
  • SCE&G (SC) – restored power to 100,000 homes after the Hurricane left
  • NC National Guard – evacuations and rescues
  • Daytona International Speedway – Staging site for utility trucks
  • US Coast Guard – Assisting with recovery supplies
  • Miami Beach Fire – 
  • FEMA

EVACUEE RESOURCES

  • Verizon Wireless – Unlimited domestic talk, text and data relief being offered to qualified customers in Florida,Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina between October 7-1  https://www.verizonwireless.com/featured/relief/

STORM IMAGES

Assessing the Damage – 2 Florida Senators tour the damage left by behind by Hurricane Matthew from inside a USCG aircraft. Credit/USCG

Assisting with evacuations and rescues – NC National Guard.  Photo Credit:  NCNG

University of North Florida (also photo credit) – Statute holds in place while surrounding landscaping unfortunate.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook’s Hurricane Matthew Safety check is working.

HASHTAGS

  • #HurricaneMatthew
  • #Matthew
  • #HurricaneNicole
  • #Haiti

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!  We will be on Hurricane storm watch and providing updates throughout the day.  Be safe friends.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Hurricane Matthew Is A Category | Update 6

Updated 11:30 EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the South Carolina.

STORM FACTS

  • Category 1 Hurricane
  • Passing over South Carolina
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone and rising
  • Fears of Cholera growing
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • 8,450 people awoke in 183 evacuation shelters. – Red Cross
  • 94 trailer loads of supplies will be distributed to communities. – Red Cross
  • How to Help:  https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation – Red Cross

STORM TIMELINE 

8:00 AM EDT

  • Gusty winds on Main Street in Columbia. – Media
  • Severe flooding on the Chatham Parkway near Telfair Place located between  I-16 exit & Hwy 80 (SC).  – News Media

9:00 AM EDT

  • Horrible storm surge in downtown Charleston (SC) with Market and Church streets flooding. – Twitter

10:00 AM EDT

  • Strong winds, flooding, and debris at the Ashley River Tower garage at MUSC. (SC) – News Media
  • People spent the night through the Hurricane on Hilton Head cleared roads so first responders could get to neighborhoods. – News Media
  • Waist deep water on Stiles Ave near Ogeechee Rd. Several trees & powerlines also down. (SC) – SCMPD

Photo Credit/SCMPD

11:12 AM EDT

  • Landfall southeast of McClellanville (SC) as a Category 1 hurricane. – Weather News.

11:28 AM EDT

  • “I  understand ppl are anxious to return home, but I ask evacuees to wait until local authorities determine it is safe to do so.” – GA Governor Deal

HOW TO HELP

  • How to Help:  https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation – Red Cross

TIPS

  •  Keep gas generators away from homes & garages. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes.  – U.S. Fire (USFA)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • More officers coming in. Long shifts worked, long shifts ahead. – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
  • Firefighters responding to hard hit areas to provide relief. – Miami Beach Fire

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Hurricane Matthew’s Anger Present on Atlantic Coast | Update 5

Updated 2am EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the State of Florida.

STORM FACTS

  • Category 2 Hurricane
  • Passing over Savannah NOW @ 1:53 AM EDT
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • Tornadoes are forming overnight in the SC area

Credit/The Weather Channel

TIMELINE OF STORM ACTIVITIES

1:30 AM EDT

  • 80,000 power outages in Lowcountry
  • Eyewitness counts of large trees being uprooted/bowled over by high winds

1:50 AM EDT

  • Matthew is 50 miles off of Coast of Savannah

1:55 AM EDT

  • Matthew is now 45 miles South of Hilton Head (SC).
  • Storm moving 12 mph with 105 mph winds

1:56 AM EDT

  • Greenville (SC) reporting as dry, cloudy and windy

2:00 AM EDT

  • Storm now 45 miles S of Hilton Head (SC) and 95 miles SSW of Charleston (SC).
  • Storm is heading North @ 12 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph.
  • Storm surge flooding in SC, FL and GA now.
  • NOAA releases a Public Advisory related to storm flooding surges, preparation tips (if sheltering in place), where the storm is currently located. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT4+shtml/080541.shtml
  • Tidal gauge has breached 9.0 feet and continues to rise quickly as eye-wall nears Charleston (SC).

2:10 AM EDT

  • Media reporting 4 people have died in Florida related storm.

2:12 AM EDT

  • Jacksonville (FL) Public Works in process of restoring traffic lights
  • 19,000 Canoochee (GA) residents without power.  City working on it as fast as possible.

2:17 AM EDT

  • Storm hitting NE Florida, producing 15 inches of rain and a 10 foot storm surge.
  • 11 inches reported in Bluffon. Storm surge. Eye of storm hitting area now.

2:21 AM EDT

  • Strong winds hitting Hardeeville (SC) occurring.

2:30 AM EDT

  • Wall @ The Battery in Downtown Charleston just toppled down.
  • White Pt. Gardens have been inundated.
  • Storm ready to hit the area between Hilton Head Island and Charleston

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Hurricane Matthew Whipping Bahamas | Update 3

HURRICANE MATTHEW WHIPPING BAHAMAS NOW

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Hurricane Matthew is now whipping up some intensive and dangerous winds that are throwing debris around and snapping trees into two according to those reporting as of almost one hour ago (0940 hours EDT).

The Hurricane is said to be on the path to hitting Florida some time day going up the Coast.  At 0800 hours EDT, a weather advisory was issued.  The Hurricane is moving NW at 12 mph with max sustained winds at 125 mph.

Over 1 Million people have been evacuated from South Carolina alone.

Reports of almost 20 deaths in Haiti are attributed to this Storm.

GENERAL INFORMATION

911 EMERGENCIES ONLY

Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901. (FL)

AIRPORT OPERATIONS

Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.  (FL)

AIR TRAVEL

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/ (Bahamas)

Flights Cancelled:  Currently, 341 arrivals & 305 departures are canceled at MIA, which is about 90% of our daily flight schedule. (Miami FL airport)

ALERTS

Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications.  http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp (CT)

Governors declared State of Emergency. (FL, GA, SC NC)

Sandbags:  Sandbags available to Melbourne residents starting at 10 a.m. Club52/Greyhound Park, 1100 N. Wickham Rd. (Melbourne, FL)

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.” (FL)

CLOSURES

All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/ (FL)

Kennedy Space Center in Houston (TX)

EOC STATUS

Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation. (FL)

EVACUATIONS

Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.   St. Augustine.  unprecedented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user (FL)

Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety. (GA)

Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets. No livestock will be admitted. It is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures. (Lake County, Florida)

State of Emergency:  During the state of emergency, residents can refill prescriptions early. (Pinellas County, Florida)

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)   Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)  Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

FOLLOW OFFICIALS

“Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott. (FL)

HURRICANE QUESTIONS

The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions. (FL)

RESOURCES

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

 

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

FEMA App:  Download the App to find shelters, upload disaster photos to help first responders and receive safety reminders.  https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Solid Waste Resources:  (Miami Dade County, FL)

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PRESSERS

POTUS:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”. (FL)

Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags. (FL)

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew’s Fury | Update 2

HURRICANE MATTHEW WORST IN A DECADE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds downgraded to a Category 4.

Cuba and Haiti were hit hard.  Lots of flooding, mudslides and everything residents are now gone.

Now, the Hurricane is heading towards Florida at a rapid rate of speed and due to cause some terrifying moments for all those on the Coast and its path.  One of the worst storms felt in a 10 years.

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Bahamas

 Air Travel :   Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/

Connecticut

Alerts/Notifications:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

911 for Emergencies Only:  Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901.

Airport Operations:  Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.

Bracing for Heavy Damage:  “Regardless of a direct hit or not, the impact will be devastating.” – Gov. Scott.

Closed:  All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.

Closures:  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/

EOC Status:  Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation.

Evacuations:  Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.

Evacuations:  St. Augustine.  Unprecidented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user

Follow Officials:  “Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott.

Hurricane Questions:  The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions.

POTUS presser:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”.

Presser:  Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags.

Warning:  “Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.”

Weather Forecasters: “Storm is just 325 miles off of the Coast.” (2300 hours EDT)

Georgia

 Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

North Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

South Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

Evacuations:  Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety.

Texas

Closed:  Kennedy Space Center in Houston

RESOURCES 

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.  #Shelters #Resources

Photo Credit/National Guard

Ocean County (FL) Fire Rescue:  5 strike teams just completed 12-hr shift when req to assist in the hospital evac.   Patients evac’d from Rockledge hospital to Melbourne & Davenport.

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:  

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)

Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)

Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

Solid Waste Resources:  Miami Dade County, Florida. 

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PREPARATION TIPS

Preparedness Tips

  • Charge your Phone battery
  • Gas up your vehicle

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]

U.S. potential rainfall in the next 72-hour window. Photo Credit/NOAA

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew Slams into Tropical Islands | Update 1

HURRICANE MATTHEW UNLEASHING ITS FURY

hurricane-matthew-by-nasa-10-4-2016

Photo Credit/NASA (Taken on Oct. 4, 2016)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds down to a Category 4, but the Hurricane has pummeled the tropical islands in the Caribbean.

Now, the Hurricane has prompted millions of people to be evacuated away from Coastal towns/areas/states.

— IMPORTANT INFORMATION —

Alerts  / Notifications

Bahamas

 Air Travel :   Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/

Connecticut

Connecticut State:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

Pinellas County Emergency Management:  Citizen lnfo Center to open Wed, 9am-9pm (727) 464-4333  > http://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/pinellas-monitoring-hurricane-matthew/?platform=hootsuite

Broward & Miami-Dade Counties:  All schools closed. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/10/04/no-school-closures-yet-in-miami-dade-broward-ahead-of-hurricane-matthew/

Miami:  Biscayne National Park Islands have been closed.

Floridians: “Prepare for a direct hit’ -Gov. Scott.

Georgia

 State of Emergency Declared:  “Acting on a recommendation from our Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of , I issued a SOE for 13 counties.” – Gov. Nathan Deal.

North Carolina

State of Emergency Declared:  ” Mayor of Southport declares state of emergency.” – City Mayor Dove.

South Carolina

Dorchester County :  As you are reviewing our county evacuation zones remember that IF you are NOT in one of the zones BUT you live in a mobile/manufactured home OR in a low-lying area, you need to strongly consider relocating to a safe structure. – Emergency Management Department.

South Carolina State:  “Gov. Haley declares state of emergency.”

— RESOURCES — 

Shelter / Evacuations

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

Take Your Pets with You!

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html

Human Services  – Donations

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

— SOCIAL MEDIA —

Georgia and South Carolina told by Governors to brace for a direct hit. Photo Credit/NOAA

Travel

U.S. State Department:  “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.”

U.S. Airlines:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

Media Streaming

Florida:  “Matthew poses the highest risk to Palm Beach County.”

Florida, Keys:  “Tropical Storm warning issued.”

Florida, South:  “6 stations out of gas by 12am.”

Florida, Southeast:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Haiti:  “Heavy rainfall beginning to hit at St Boniface Hospital this morning. Our team is weathering.”

Satellite Image:   “Large discussion about this photo looking like a skull and how it is 27 days from Halloween.” Twitter users are all  >Freaking out> and all abuzz about it.

Photo Credit/NASA

Traveling Advice:  “It took 3.5 hours to get to Columbia, and it’s a blessing it didn’t take longer. Take Hwy 176 instead of I-26.” (Tweeted @ 12:49am EDT).

Weather Reports:  “New American model shows strengthening upper high in Texas turning back east after it misses trough “train” northward.”

“Thank you for reading our Blog. Please send good vibes, prayers and other support to those who are in the path of the one of the biggest Hurricanes in 50 years.”

~ Lisa / Blogger ~

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