Let’s fervently hope the Trump administration doesn’t pull any of the duplicitous backstabbing and racist incompetence that have become two of its key trademarks in the field of disaster recovery as North Carolinians and others respond to Hurricane Florence. Unfortunately, both seem easy to envision in the weeks and months ahead if past performance (think Puerto Rico) is any indication.
For what it’s worth and to his credit, however, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper appears to be doing his darndest to get out in front on this issue. This is from a news release Cooper sent out a little while ago:
Governor Cooper Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration Ahead of Historic Hurricane Florence
Urges North Carolinians: “Get ready now.”
RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today asked for a federal disaster declaration on behalf of North Carolina to ensure the state can get federal aid as soon as possible.
In a letter sent this morning to President Donald Trump, Gov. Cooper made the request for federal help due to Hurricane Florence which is forecast to hit the state as an unprecedented hurricane later this week.
With the latest forecast showing Florence bearing down on North Carolina and intensifying in strength, Governor Cooper today urged North Carolina residents, businesses and visitors to take the threat posed by Hurricane Florence seriously, plan accordingly and get ready now.
“The forecast places North Carolina in the bull’s eye of Hurricane Florence, and the storm is rapidly getting stronger,” Governor Cooper said. “When weather forecasters tell us “life threatening,” we know it’s serious. We are bracing for a hard hit.”
As the forecast becomes clearer, Florence poses three challenges: coastal storm surge, strong winds and inland flooding that inundates rivers and low-lying ground, Cooper said.
Florence is a rapidly strengthening hurricane that may make landfall between Southport and Wilmington as early as sometime Friday morning. Tropical storm level winds may be felt as early as Wednesday. The forecast shows the potential for very heavy rainfall across much of North Carolina.
“Florence is a threat well beyond the coast, so inland counties need to be ready as well,” Gov. Cooper said.
State officials continue to prepare for potential impacts from a major hurricane later this week: Read more