UPDATED 1:09 PM PT — Thurs. Oct. 11, 2018
Tropical Storm Michael has claimed the lives of at least five people and is now moving toward the Carolinas. This comes as officials are working to restore communications, transportation and other services.
FEMA administrator Brock Long spoke at a briefing Thursday and said power will be out for some time, however, over 30,000 personnel are ready to assist.
Long also said several hospitals were impacted, but the Department of Health and Human Services has been able to help set up triage centers.
Officials at the briefing also warned Michael will continue to dump rain as it moves over the Carolinas, which will create an enhanced risk for tornadoes.
“We are looking at widespread moderate to locally major river flooding to once again resurface over North Carolina likely beginning today, continuing for the next several days,” stated Ken Widelski of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Fortunately, the system is moving rather quickly, so it will be off the coast tomorrow, so we don’t expect this flooding to hang around as long as it did during Florence.”
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Rick Scott said search and rescue efforts are underway with the National Guard performing 10 rescue missions overnight. He said he will be surveying the damage in Panama City and Mexico Beach Thursday, which were the areas hardest hit by the storm.