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A shelter are going very well. It’s filling up many of our shelters . It is , you know it , bustling with that a lot of children age ranges from just a few months to the elderly . So it’s quite a mic , but it’s going well . The resiliency of the community never ceases to amaze me .
Last night , I know you had 12 shelters open you had to open more this morning. How many do you have open .
Yes. Been are 47 counties . We have 15 now we’re getting ready to open 2 more one in Gaston County and one in McDowell County now across the state last night across North Carolina , not including the ones that would just opened today . Last night we had 106 shelters across the state .
Now , and about how many people do you know where roughly are in shelters.
Well , I I heard one of your previous guest say 20,000 that’s probably a point in time now laugh night in the Red Cross and community shelters that we support. We had over 9300 people last night and more have come in .
And more may come in from this from this time or may come later what should what’s your advice to people who are coming to shelters. What should they know what should they bring .
Well , the first thing is to come sooner rather than later. Don’t wait . We’ve heard of stranded people . We don’t want people to get stranded will actually come now if it is safe to do so and you’re in the path , or have any concerns . What you should bring are things that will keep you comfortable for a few days . If you have any special needs or special pillow you then if you have young children . Be sure to whatever they might need dietary wise diapers , things like that or toddlers and older who have gain to keep them occupied because they’re going to be here . Or possibly a few days and they do get restless any elderly family members be sure you have anything that will keep them comfortable as well and just be prepared to stay curfew days it’s not your home but it’s you know your home away from home for a few for as long as may be needed or until it’s safe to return to your home .
Anything you should not bring.
Well no guns no weapons no drugs that sort of common sense. Anything that would ensure on anyone else they don’t bring any big electronic devices that are going to be loud because there’s just not going to be a place for that so if they just think of how you’d want to be treated by by a New Labour .
All Gerri Jamison. Thank you so much .
Thank you , Frank.
Gerri Jamison regional communications officer with the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas region we’re going to bring in someone now who evacuated because of Hurricane Florence curious turn crook lives in boiling springs let broke boiling Spring lakes. She and her parents went to Atlanta , Georgia and she joins us now . Hello Pearson .
I understand that your boyfriend did stay behind in Leland North Carolina have you been in touch with him yet. How is he doing .
How he is doing well , posting Facebook videos of his horses , and that’s kind of why he stayed. He has 5 or if you they could evacuate the mall . I also have friends and Leland but also important to and couldn’t leave cell but in trying to keep up with them . My parents live their houses and South point which is that and boiling anything like they live in downtowns out output . So they’re very , very close to the water and they’ve been in touch with their neighbor .
Whether one of these , what do they say about the conditions there.
6 inches of standing water right now , they haven’t had power. So I guess it probably be like 8 hours now but the eye of the storm stalled over us right now . So , well , if we come from what everyone saying that that is me well only halfway through .
And yeah , I absolutely and so talk about your decision to leave.
I was planning on staying. My father was planning on stand it well and I would not comfortable leaving their but today is my mother’s birthday and she really didn’t on the pair also I .
But 10 years you islands doing relief work first after Hurricane Katrina and it was very attack you need a lot of people that could have left didn’t and there was also an issue of people could leave but as someone that might not be much of a help. I know that I can help a little bit , but I wouldn’t want to be in the way . If there is a market rescue effort . It could be on the cake . And then my area . So do you find believe you’re stuck behind but .
Well be then you’ve also had some thoughts about , about people who do stay behind and the opinions that you’ve seen reflected on social media and elsewhere from others who have their thoughts about why do people stay behind why did , why didn’t you leave and you have some thoughts about that.
Yes I I know that it’s hard for anyone who hasn’t been through a hurricane Kasab wanting to stay behind , but we’re in a rural area people have livestock people have horses that are hard for their family. They can’t leave behind them . This is a big problem during could you know there was no public transportation believe in so far nor boiling things nor we in was there publican extradition to get people out there that want . I think there , everyone in now . They didn’t have option for people that might not have had their own transportation . You know , if you’re poor family with only one car and you have more people than can fit in it . You’re not gonna decide who they year . So a lot of times people the gift they don’t really have the toy it completely unfair to judge them like they’re staying being belligerent because they had no other choice .
What’s it like for you now in Georgia.
Stressful. You can see everything happening online but can’t really do anything about it though . Hopefully when this does blow over will be able to pack up her card and brings the highs down there to help everybody put everything back together .
All right. Kirsten . Thank you so much . Good luck with it all . Thank you , Kirsten Krug joins us from Atlanta . She left her house and boiling Spring lakes to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence Rusty Jacobs joins us now he’s W sees politics reporter and has been following news about power or to outages and emergency response Rusty Jacobs welcome . Thanks , Frank . Can you give us an update in terms of power outages right now across the state .
Predictions are turning out to be true. Remember utility authorities utility officials predicting that up to 3 million across the state could lose power in the storm were still really in . And in the early stage since landfall was early this morning from Hurricane Florence and already happened more than half a million people have lost power , mostly in the southeastern part of the state , as you would expect , but more than 20,000 households in Wake County in the Triangle isn’t even here feeling those heavy winds yet .
You know how is the Duke Energy handling the situation in terms of their preparedness and are they able even to get out yet.
No , but they ready. I mean , they’ve got crews from as far away as Texas crews from the Midwest I was driving back here after dropping my kids off in Nashville , which is already preparing for power outages and saw crew from Arkansas hustling eastward on I-40 , so you’ve got 20,000 crews , ready to go . The problem is those high winds they can get out there and really start restoring power until the winds have died down to a safe level , so they’re they’re they’re ready to go , but at this point the utility companies can just pretty much assess the damage and decide where to shut down power with with downed lines .
Now the other issue the Duke Energy is having to contend with as those coal ash ponds and we understand that they’ve taken some efforts , some some measures to mitigate the potential fallout should they become flooded anymore on that and what’s happening with coal ash.
No , not that I know of. But you know the the not only the wind is not only a big threat . But again , we’re , we’re looking at day’s unrelenting rain rainfall right historic amounts up to 40 inches down by the coast and storm surge yesterday , National Weather Service saying storm surge in areas near the pound mako and newspapers will reach up to 13 feet as high as the second story of a of a home is Roy Cooper said the governor , so a lot of threats still on the way . Because of this storm .
You know I rusty. Thank you so much . You’re welcome . Rusty Jacobs W sees politics reporter has been following news about power outages and emergency response just ahead , we’ll take a look at some of the threat of overflowing hog waste lagoons in eastern North Carolina and we will get a weather update as well and then take a look at what’s happening in western North Carolina as people in the mountains , prepare for the remnant of what is still hurricane Florence , stay with us .