Updated: Floyd Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management organizing local relief efforts as Hurricane Florence, with 130-mph winds, continues collision course with Carolina/Virginia coast.

Updated: Floyd Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management organizing local relief efforts as Hurricane Florence, with 130-mph winds, continues collision course with Carolina/Virginia coast.

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Media release: The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Floyd County Emergency Management are beginning proactive strategic planning for supply drops, volunteer registration and logistics as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina coast.  A meeting is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The collaborative efforts of local churches, city and county schools, law enforcement and businesses deemed RomeGaCares responded to a similar need of mutual aid to Texas and Florida in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria with sheriff’s deputies and community volunteers lending a helping hand along with much needed supplies to the devastated areas.

“We know that this storm is going to present major damage with the possibility of being to strongest storm to target the region in decades with catastrophic flooding.  We (RomeGaCares) still have some resources available from our efforts in Florida and Texas and would like to go ahead and pool our resources and plan proactively rather than reacting from an emotional standpoint if this has the impact that this storm is capable of,” says Sheriff Tim Burkhalter.

“We just want to get ahead of it and start the planning.  We have some mutual friends and networks in the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association so we feel like we will be able to really target the relief to maximize our efforts. We fully anticipate partnering with other sheriffs in Georgia to answer the needs of those who are affected. With the anniversary of 9/11 in mind, Jeff Parness once said, “When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We are not about what happened on 9/11 we’re about what happened on 9/12” – it what we should do.  Our thoughts are prayers are with those folks up there and we will be ready when and if called.”

  • For those wishing to volunteer or make contributions, the point of contact will be Sgt. James Womack 470-439-8277, womackj@floydcountyga.org
  • Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and Floydsheriff.com for updates and information.
  • On radio: Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Tim Herrington, Floyd County’s emergency management director, join us to talk about the return of RomeCares in anticipation of relief needs for those in the path of Hurricane Florence at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM.

Lending a hand? Please share any organized community-based efforts to aid with hurricane relief by emailing druck@hometownheadlines.com.

 

An image from the 2017 edition of RomeCares, assembling donations and supplies following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Florence: (for more)

  • The latest:  A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.
  • A Hurricane Warning has been issued from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
  • A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
  • Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). A west-northwestward to northwestward motion with a slight increase in forward speed are expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane watch area Thursday and Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Florence is expected to begin re-strengthening later today and continue a slow strengthening trend for the next day or so. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles.
  • About Northwest Georgia: At present, the storm’s impact on Northwest Georgia and much of the state remains “low,” according to Floyd County Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington on Tuesday afternoon. At present, we are outside the “cone” showing the extent of tropical storm-force winds (39-mph or higher). However, according to the hazardous weather outlook for our area, “After landfall, there is great uncertainty as towhere Florence will go. As Florence weakens, it could move toward Georgia or the southern Appalachians. At this time, it is a watch and monitor, so please stay tuned to your local forecast.”

 

About Helene, Isaac:

About Helene:  Winds: 110 mph. Helene is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue with a decrease in forward speed through tonight. A turn toward the northwest and then north-northwest is forecast on Wednesday and Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible during the next 12 hours, but a gradual weakening trend is expected after that time. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km). For more.

About Isaac:  Winds: 70 mph. Isaac is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue through the end of the week. On the forecast track, Isaac should move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days, but Isaac is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. For more.

 

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