Tropical Storm Florence Approach Prompts State-of-Emergency Declaration in North Carolina

Updated 10/18/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Virginia affected by Hurricane Florence from September 8-21, 2018.

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Updated 10/16/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence from September 8 to October 8, 2018.

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Updated 10/15/18: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Virginia affected by Hurricane Florence from September 8-21, 2018.

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Updated 10/14/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence from September 7-29, 2018.

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Updated 10/12/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence from September 7-29, 2018.

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Updated 10/3/18: Freddie Mac issued a release providing guidance and flexibilities for impacted mortgages to be sold and serviced (for Freddie Mac).

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Updated 10/2/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/27/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/26/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/25/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/24/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/21/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/20/2018:  The Weather Channel issued a report titled Before and After Aerial Photos Reveal Florence's Devastation.

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Updated 9/19/2018: Waste 360 published a report titled Post-Florence Cleanup: What to Do with Trash, Recycling, Storm Debris.

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Updated 9/19/18: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an announcement titled Servicing Relief to Borrowers Affected by Hurricane Florence.

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Updated 9/18/18: Fannie Mae issued a release titled Don’t Let Fraud Add to the Pain of a Natural Disaster.

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Updated 9/18/18: The Weather Channel issued a report outlining tornado damage in parts of Virginia.

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Approximate areas sustaining property damage

Virginia
Birkdale (Chesterfield County, 23832, 23112)
Chesterfield (Chesterfield County, 23832)
Hampton Park (Chesterfield County, 23832)
Midlothian (Chesterfield County, 23113. 23114)

NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a Presidential Major Disaster.

Updated 9/18/18: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued Circular 26-18-18: Special Relief Following Hurricane Florence.

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Updated 9/17/18: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/17/18: The Weather Channel issued a report titled Florence's Heavy Rain Threat Spreads to the Northeast as Major to Record River Flooding Continues in Carolinas.

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Updated 9/16/18: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/15/18: The Weather Channel published a report titled Catastrophic Flood Threat Increases This Weekend as Florence Crawls Across the Carolinas Into Appalachia.

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Updated 9/14/18: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued FHA INFO #18-40: Reminder — Guidance for FHA-Approved Mortgagees and Servicers Regarding Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas.

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Updated 9/14/18: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued FHA INFO #18-40: Reminder — Guidance for FHA-Approved Mortgagees and Servicers Regarding Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas.

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Updated 9/14/18: FEMA issued a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/14/18: The Weather Channel issued a report titled Florence Moving Slowly Crossing Carolina Border; Catastrophic Flash Flooding to Hammer the Carolinas, Appalachia.

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Updated 9/13/18: The Weather Channel issued a report titled Hurricane Florence's Long Siege is Beginning; Storm Surge, Catastrophic Flash Flooding, High Winds to Hammer the Carolinas, Appalachia.

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Updated 9/12/18: The office of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a press release titled Deal issues emergency declaration for all 159 counties.

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Updated 9/12/18: Freddie Mac issued a news release titled Freddie Mac Confirms Disaster Relief Policies as Hurricane Florence Approaches.

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Updated 9/12/18: Fannie Mae issued a news release titled Fannie Mae Reminds Homeowners and Servicers of Mortgage Assistance Options for Areas Affected by Hurricane Florence.

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Updated 9/11/18: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in Virginia due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8 and continuing.

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Updated 9/11/18: The Weather Channel issued a report titled Hurricane Florence Targets Carolinas, Appalachians, With Potentially Catastrophic Flooding, Destructive Winds; Hurricane Warning Issued.

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Updated 9/11/18: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a press release titled OCC Allows National Banks and Federal Savings Associations Affected by Hurricane Florence in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic to Close.

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Updated 9/10/18: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in North Carolina due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/10/18: FEMA issued an Emergency Declaration for areas in South Carolina due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018 and continuing.

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Updated 9/10/18: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a statewide emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

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Updated 9/10/18: ABC Columbia published an article titled Governor McMaster Orders Mandatory Evacuations for SC Coastal Counties.

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Updated 9/10/18: FOX News issued a report titled Hurricane Florence's path: Track the storm here.

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Updated 9/8/18: The office of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2018-26.

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Updated 9/8/18: The office of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a press release titled Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Florence.

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Source: FOX News

Additional Resources:

Office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (Executive Order No. 51)

North Carolina Emergency Declaration County ZIP Code List

North/South Carolina Coastal County ZIP Code List

Safeguard Properties Disaster Update Center

Please Note: This has not yet been declared a Presidential Major Disaster

Tropical Storm Florence drew closer to the East Coast overnight and was expected to reach hurricane strength Sunday -- possibly becoming a major hurricane thereafter, forecasters said early Saturday.

The approaching storm prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency, a step that makes resources available for addressing the storm's effects.

In a 5 a.m. ET Saturday update, the National Hurricane Center placed the storm southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving  west at 9 mph.

The storm was expected to bring heavy rain, dangerous surf and rip currents to North Carolina, where Cooper called on residents, specifically farmers, to make preparations.

“While it’s still too early to know the storm’s path, we know we have to be prepared,” Cooper said in a news release. “During harvest, time is of the essence. Action today can avoid losses due to Florence.”

Cooper signed a transportation waiver that would allow farmers to harvest and transport their crops more quickly.

“The executive order will help gather and move crops in and through the state more easily and quickly in response to problems that could be caused by Tropical Storm Florence in North Carolina and along the East Coast,” the governor's statement said.

Cooper said that emergency management officials were working with local and federal officials to prepare for “possible impacts” from Florence.

"We are entering the peak of hurricane season and we know well the unpredictability and power of these storms," Cooper said.

Along similar lines, South Carolina's Emergency Management Division was advising coastal residents to start making contingency plans.

"The risk of other direct impacts associated with Florence along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased. However, there is still very large uncertainty in model forecasts of Florence's track beyond day (five), making it too soon to determine the exact location, magnitude, and timing of these impacts," hurricane specialist Robbie Berg wrote in a forecast advisory.

Forecasters said it was too early to tell where Florence will go. Some forecast models indicated the storm slamming into land sometime late next week, while others indicate it would curve away from the sore. The storm reached major hurricane status Wednesday, peaking with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.

Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, “Helene,” has formed in the eastern Atlantic off the western coast of Africa. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday night that Helene was located about 405 miles east of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and it was moving west at 12 mph. 

"Since we are near the peak of hurricane season, this is a good time for everyone who lives in a hurricane-prone area to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place," hurricane specialist David Zelinsky wrote in a forecast advisory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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