A state of emergency has now been declared in four states on the East Coast. North Carolina is bracing to take the full brunt of Hurricane Florence, which has now topped 140 mile per hour winds and is getting stronger. It's expected to reach category 5 with 150 mile per hour winds by the time it reaches landfall on Thursday.
A storm this powerful hasn't hit North Carolina for 60 years. Eisenhower was president of the United States. Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder starring Grace Kelly was one of the top movies. Kids listened to Earth Angel by The Penguins on the radio in their Chevy convertibles. In other words, it's extremely rare for a storm this powerful to hit the United States at this location. When Hurricane Hazel hit in 1954, 19 people died in North Carolina. Over 15,000 buildings were completely destroyed. It's path of destruction traveled all the way up to Buffalo New York. Sixty people died in Virginia alone.
Over 1 million people in North and South Carolina are facing mandatory evacuation orders. Tropical storm force winds will arrive by Wednesday evening with full Hurricane force winds arriving Thursday. Gas stations are beginning to run out of fuel as people scramble to fill up their tanks and five gallon gas cans. Grocery stores are selling out of water, batteries, bread and milk. I CAN NOT stress enough that the time to prepare is not 48 hours before a disaster strikes. Always have a bare minimum of 72 hours worth of food, water and fuel. It's highly possible that a storm such as Florence could knock out power for at least 2 to 3 days.
There's no time to wait for a uniform wearing government savior.
Last year Hurricane Harvey brought out the best in not only Texas but in states like Louisiana. While the Hurricane was still raging, if you looked at a freeway in Texas, you'd likely see a convoy of privately owned boats heading down to ground zero to go help out. Disaster struck and we stepped up. The government did their thing, but we didn't wait for them. Let's keep that going. It's time to say a prayer for all those in the path of this dangerous storm, and then roll up our sleeves and go help out. If you're able, go help out. If you can't physically go help, get out your wallets.
FEMA? What the heck is that? There's no time to wait for a uniform wearing government savior. This is a call to arms for Americans to show what actually makes us great. We've got this. It's time to go to work.