Press Release: Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Earl Along the Atlantic Coast

September 3, 2010

Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Earl Along the Atlantic Coast

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WASHINGTON, September 3, 2010 – The American Red Cross is responding with help to people affected by the winds, rains and flooding of Hurricane Earl in North Carolina and is ready as the storm moves up the Atlantic Coast.

A dozen Red Cross shelters were opened in North Carolina, giving more than 260 a safe place to ride out the storm last night as heavy rain and strong winds passed through the area. Today, after Earl moves out of the area, the Red Cross will be assessing damage left by the storm and helping people as they begin to cleanup. More than 183 Red Cross disaster workers have been deployed to North Carolina to support efforts there, along with 37 emergency response vehicles and two trailers of additional disaster relief supplies.

“Earl’s strong winds and heavy rain have been pounding the Outer Banks, and flooding, damage and dangerous waves are expected to stretch from the Carolinas to Maine as this storm moves up the Atlantic Coast,” said Joe Becker, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “The Red Cross has shelters and relief supplies to help people hit by the storm, with shelter, staff and emergency response vehicles in position in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Residents of eastern New England must remain vigilant as the storm approaches and take steps to ensure they are prepared.”

Hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect from North Carolina to Maine. Forecasters say the storm could push further out into the Atlantic before slamming into New England, with much of the attention on Rhode Island and Massachusetts, especially Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.


Tropical Storm Danielle

August 23, 2010

We are watching Tropical Storm Danielle.

While Tropical Storm Danielle strengthened rather quickly overnight, a new tropical wave has rolled off the coast of Africa. For now, forecasters give the disturbance a 10 percent chance of developing over the next two days.

Danielle, meanwhile, could become a hurricane as early as Monday night. The forecast track continues to keep the storm well to the east of the U.S. coastline and possibly Bermuda as well.

As of 8 a.m., Danielle was in the Atlantic 850 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving northwest at 14 mph with sustained winds of 60 mph.

Video: Atlantic Tropical Depression 3: Joe Becker Update

July 22, 2010

Joe Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services, gives an update on how the American Red Cross is preparing for and watching the progress of Tropical Depression 3.

Hurricane Bill Update

August 21, 2009

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Hurricane Bill: Ocean Safety

August 19, 2009

Hurricane Bill has strengthened to a Category Four Hurricane and is moving towards the west-northwest at 16 mph.

American Red Cross advises people on the eastern seaboard to stay aware and only swim where it is safe. It’s likely that Hurricane Bill will create dangerous winds and waves, whether or not he makes landfall.

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