Irma Barrels Though Florida as the Carolina’s Prepare for the Worst

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Irma continues to leave destruction throughout Florida as the storm moves further North.

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More than 5.7 million people in Florida are in the dark, which is more than half of Florida Power and Light’s customers.

Search and rescue operations are underway in Daytona Beach as the storm continues to pound communities that have just recovered from last year’s hurricane season.

Though it looks like Charlotte could be spared from a direct hit, emergency agencies say they aren’t taking any chances. Carolina’s Healthcare System is operating all hands on deck, with mobile medicine teams, back up generators and a plan to keep you updated on where to go for medical care.
The city of Charlotte has also agreed to make the old Eastland Mall site a staging area for large tractor trailers filled with supplies. The Red Cross expects the bulk of the help will be needed west of Charlotte.

This morning, Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolina not to let it’s guard down. “Even a glancing blow can cause damage from such a powerful storm.”, stated Cooper, “We here in North Carolina are continuing to get ready.”

This morning, hundreds of National Guard soldiers and airmen are on stand by.

South Carolina is already seeing some coastal flooding. Irma has forced thousands to evacuate the state’s Barrier Islands Saturday.

Hurricane Irma is behind one of the biggest evacuations ever ordered in the U.S. About 3 million people in Florida were also told to leave their homes; that’s about a quarter of the state’s population.

Hotels are filling fast in Charlotte. Right now, Evacuees are turning to air BNBs to rent out apartments and are camping out at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Morning Star Church and Conference Center in Fort Mill has also opened a shelter.