President Trump FEMA Press Briefing in Oval Office – Hurricane Florence Preparations (video and transcript)…

Earlier this afternoon President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence held a press briefing in the oval office along with FEMA Administrator Brock Long and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss concerns and preparation in advance of hurricane Florence.

Those in the forecast areas are strongly advised to pay close attention to local officials and heed all evacuation orders. Florence is projected to be a long-duration event for the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic region.  Severe, possibly catastrophic, flooding is likely.

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[Transcript] – Oval Office – 3:13 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much. I’ve received a briefing from Secretary Nielsen, Administrator Long, and my senior staff regarding Hurricane Florence and other tropical systems that will soon impact the United States and its territories. The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority. We are sparing no expense. We are totally prepared. We’re ready. We’re as ready as anybody has ever been.

And it looks to me, and it looks to all of — a lot of very talented people that do this for a living, like this is going to be a storm that’s going to be a very large one — far larger than we’ve seen in perhaps decades. Things can change, but we doubt they will at this stage. It’s a pretty late stage. We doubt they’re going to be veering very far off course.

The places that are in the way and in the most jeopardy would be Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina — that area. And again, they haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years — maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water.

So I’ve spoken with the governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. They’re prepared. We’re prepared. We’re working very well in conjunction with the governors.

I’d like to ask Brock Long, our Administrator, who’s done so well for us in Texas and Florida — we have something that could very well be very similar to Texas, in the sense that it’s tremendous amounts of water. Texas was the one that had, I would say, to this point, Brock, probably more water than we’ve ever seen in a storm or a hurricane. And it went out for seconds and thirds. We’ve never seen anything like it.

But FEMA, as you know, did a fantastic job, and a fantastic job also in Florida. And I’d like to ask Brock, if you would, to just say a few words to the media as to where it is now, what’s going to be happening, and how well prepared we are.

ADMINISTRATOR LONG: Thank you, Mr. President. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence is setting out to be a devastating event to the Carolinas, and potentially Virginia as well.

So as you can see, they’re forecasting a major landfalling storm — Category 3 or 4 storm at landfall. The biggest hazard that we’re worried about is storm surge. That’s the primary driver of the evacuations that are underway by the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia right now. But as this system comes in and makes landfall, during the weekend it’s forecast to stall out, lose its strength and its steering currents, and drop copious amounts of rainfall.

Unfortunately, the remnants of Gordon passed through the Mid-Atlantic over the weekend and dropped a lot of rain, saturating rivers. So, Hurricane Florence, as it comes in and puts anywhere between 20 and 30 inches more in isolated areas, could create a lot of inland flooding.

So, right now, sir, we’re supporting the governors with achieving their life safety evacuation and movements. We’re focused on mass care and sheltering. And then we’ll be focused on helping them to execute their response and recovery goals.

THE PRESIDENT: What are the chances that it veers off course and the hit won’t be so direct? What are the chances of that?

ADMINISTRATOR LONG: Unfortunately, I believe there’s quite a bit of certainty in the track forecast because the forward speed is picking up. It’s getting faster. And when systems do that, the track forecast becomes a lot more accurate. And I think the expectation needs to be set with the citizens in this area that, if you’ve been asked to leave, get out of the areas that are going to flood, and get into a facility that can withstand the winds.

Let’s set the expectations as well: This has an opportunity of being a very devastating storm. The power is going to be off for weeks. You’re going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well.

So these are going to be statewide events. The hazards will be statewide.

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks. You wanted to show us this one then?

ADMINISTRATOR LONG: Yeah. This is a seven-day rainfall graphic. As you can see, the pink areas and the purple areas indicate 20 inches. That’s mean area rainfall; that’s an average rainfall amount. But you may see isolated amounts greater — into the 30-inch range — over Virginia, the central portions of Virginia and West Virginia. And these impacts are — they’re going to be through the Mid-Atlantic. So we’re coordinating not only with South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, but other Mid-Atlantic states, all the way to Delaware.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. And it has been great coordination. I have to tell you, the states have been terrific. Everybody is working together. The governors and all of their representatives have been absolutely fantastic. And FEMA — there’s nobody like you people. I mean, what they’re doing is incredible.

Do you have any questions for Secretary Nielsen or for Brock Long, please? Anybody?

Q What lesson do we take from what happened in Puerto Rico? How do we apply the lessons we took from Puerto Rico?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. Puerto Rico was, actually, our toughest one of all because it’s an island, so you just — you can’t truck things onto it. Everything is by boat. We moved a hospital into Puerto Rico — a tremendous military hospital in the form of a ship. You know that.

And I actually think — and the Governor has been very nice. And if you ask the Governor, he’ll tell you what a great job. I think probably the hardest one we had, by far, was Puerto Rico because of the island nature. And I actually think it was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about.

Puerto Rico got hit not with one hurricane but with two. And the problem with Puerto Rico is their electric grid and their electric generating plant was dead before the storms ever hit. It was in very bad shape. It was in bankruptcy. It had no money. It was largely — you know, it was largely closed.

And when the storm hit, they had no electricity — essentially before the storm. And when the storm hit, that took it out entirely.

The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the Governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous. I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success.

Texas, we had been given A-plusses for. Florida, we’ve been given A-plusses for. I think, in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that. I mean, it’s harder to understand. It was very hard — a very hard thing to do because of the fact they had no electric. Before the storms hit, it was dead, as you probably know.

So we’ve gotten a lot of receptivity, a lot of thanks for the job we’ve done in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was very important.

And, by the way, speaking of Puerto Rico, they’re going to be affected, pretty much, pretty soon by something else that’s on its way. Is that right?

ADMINISTRATOR LONG: Potentially, Hurricane Isaac right now is tracking south of the island, but we are — we have several thousand people inside Puerto Rico right now working on long-term recovery that have shifted to the response mode to monitor as Isaac passes to the south.

THE PRESIDENT: We do not want to see Hurricane Isaac hit Puerto Rico. That’s all we need. But we have a big hurricane out there, and it’s sort of skirting along Puerto Rico and the edge of Puerto Rico. That would not be good.

Q Mr. President, how much money do you think you’ll need for recovery efforts to this next hurricane? And do you have that already, or do you need to get it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we have it currently. Obviously, these are all unanticipated, so we’ll go to Congress. Congress will be very generous, because we have no choice. This is the United States. And whether it’s Texas or Florida or, frankly, if it’s Virginia — because Virginia, it’s looks like it’s very much in the path. Maryland, by the way, could be affected — very seriously affected — just to add. It’s a little bit outside of the path. And then, of course, South Carolina and North Carolina. I think that any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we’re going to do.

But we’re already set up. We have tremendous trucking systems, we have food systems. We have a lot of — a lot of contractors waiting. But for the most part, its been handled by FEMA, and also weve coordinated locally. We have food for days. We have emergency equipment and generators for many days. We should be in great shape.

Now, Ive also heard it could be 21 and 22 inches. If you can imagine what that is — 22 inches of rain. It is not something that weve had. Certainly, weve never had this on the East Coast. So — but I think were very well prepared and very well set up. Wouldnt you say?

ADMINISTRATOR LONG: Yeah. I think this storm right here is very similar to Hurricane Hugo and almost like a combination of Hurricane Hugo in 89 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

But look, successful disaster response and recovery is one that’s locally executed, state managed, and federally supported. So what FEMA is doing is pre-positioning the federal government’s assets to support each one of those governors that are about to be impacted with achieving their response and recovery goals. And thats the way emergency management and disaster response works best.

I also think — Id like to point out that what we learned last year is we have got to build a true culture of preparedness within our citizens here in America. This is a partnership, and it takes anything from neighbor helping neighbor all the way to the federal government when it comes to correctly responding and recovering.

Q Can we ask you about the (inaudible) and power outages? What things are right now to —

ADMINISTRATOR LONG: Thats a great question. So FEMA doesnt own the power grids in any one of these states. A lot of them are owned by the private industry. So what we have are business emergency operation center calls. Were concentrating with the private vendors to make sure that they have strong mutual aid programs in place. And we set up incident support bases to help stage power crews coming in from other states. And largely, its FEMAs job to get out of the way to make sure that the private power companies can get into these areas to set up their grid. We dont own it. We dont own it.

THE PRESIDENT: But unlike Puerto Rico, you have very strong power companies. Theyre very powerful, very well managed in the sense that they have — they have tremendous overcapacity. They are going to do a great job. They also have made contracts with other power companies that wont be affected, and theyre going to be coming in — just to answer your question, theyll be coming in to the various states that will be affected.

Theyre going to be coming in very strongly, and theyre already lining up. Theyll be here probably, for the most part, tomorrow, or shortly before the storm hits. So theyre going to be in great shape. These are, really, states that have very, very strong power authorities.

Q Whats your message, Mr. President, to people who might not have evacuated yet?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thats very risky. I mean, again, weve never seen anything quite like this on the East Coast, at least. And if it turns out to be as bad — you know, we go out there; you have people that actually go fly through these storms. These are very brave people. But they fly through.

And from what Im hearing, the sites that they’re seeing have not been seen on the East Coast before. So I would say everybody should get out. I mean, you have to listen to your local authorities and — whether youre upland or downland. But depending on where you are, you have to listen and you have to get out. If they want you to get out — because its going to be impossible to have people get in there, whether its law enforcement or FEMA or anybody else. Once this thing hits, its going to be really, really bad along the coast. Okay?

Anything else?

Q Do you believe Rob Porter and Gary Cohns denials today?

THE PRESDIENT: Ah, well, you shouldnt be talking about that right now because it doesnt matter. But I really appreciate their statement. Their statement was excellent. And they both said that beautiful, which shows that the book is just a piece of fiction.

Thank you very much. I think were very well prepared. And thank you all very much. Appreciate it.

Q Do you mind giving us an update on the trade talks?

THE PRESIDENT: Trade talks are coming along very well. Were dealing with China, as you know. Weve taken a very tough stand on China, I would say, to put it mildly. And with Canada, they want to make a deal very much. Me? If we make it, thats good. And if we dont make it, thats okay too. Canada wants to make a deal. Well see if we can get them into the deal we already have with Mexico. I think the deal with Canada is coming along very well, and weve all been dealing in good faith. Okay?

Thank you everybody.

END 3:26 P.M. EDT

[National Hurricane Center] At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence was located by satellite near latitude 27.5 North,
longitude 67.1 West. Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h). A motion toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected through early Thursday. Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday, and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher gusts. Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Further strengthening is forecast tonight and Wednesday. While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through landfall. (link)

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131 Responses to President Trump FEMA Press Briefing in Oval Office – Hurricane Florence Preparations (video and transcript)…

  1. MfM says:

    I saw this earlier… the left is already making fun of Pres. Trump saying ” It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water.”

    What the media and the left don’t understand is that Trump goes for normal words that everyone can relate to.

    Also by making fun of his comment, they bring attention to the massive impact this storm is likely to have.

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  2. prenanny says:

    My wood guy’s Father said the higher the creeks the more snow there is.
    As he is 83 his Father had observation based knowledge going back to the 1800’s.
    Now is the time to prepare stress free for winter.

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    • davidsstones says:

      Farmers Almanac, already published, and publishing for 2019, reports: this Winter will be a “teeth chattering Winter on N E seaboard, New England, Mid-West and N of Mid West up into Great Lakes”.

      Not difficult to process normal drop in temperature Oct, Nov, Dec + drenched soils unable to receive more water + surface water unable to drain or flow into already overflowing waterways = ice. Everywhere there’s these conditions or cold wind or clear skies.

      Most deep tree roots (fruit orchards, nuts, shade trees) can survive cold if their soil is wet. Maybe not a year to plant bulbs. Shallow rooted plant life suffers; typical foods for wildlife and birds.

      Definitely – by Nov. rig some feeder stations, check neighborhood for domesticated pets living outdoors; dog houses aren’t insulated; they soak up water, fungus and parasites at ground level, water bowls freeze in an -hour. Foraging wildlife may find only rotted material under unmanageable snow depths. Buy extra snow shovels before they’re sold out, like everything “Winter”.

      Looking like preparations now should be through Spring thaw 2019. , and then the cleanup begins…..

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  3. wheatietoo says:

    Right turn, Flo…right turn!

    I’m still praying for a miracle.
    But it’s not looking good.

    Pres Trump said:
    “Things can change, but we doubt they will at this stage.”

    Yeah, that’s not good.
    I hope people heed the warning…and pack up & leave.
    This thing is a monster!

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  4. Nigella says:

    Of course they had to ask about Puerto Rico…

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    • prenanny says:

      They have THREE days left to enjoy their hotel rooms.
      Any bets on how many of them will be trashed and need extensive repair?

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    • Nigella, they will always poke questions about Puerto Rico. Don’t we all realize, that 200 hurricanes from now in the 22nd. Century our great great grandchildren will hear on the news about terrible Puerto Rico hurricane. The only American that did anything was Geraldo Rivera. /s/

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    • Q sent me says:

      Loved the ending questions; that is, his answers! The book is fiction, and trade talks are going great!

      Especially with that Canadian lady not only attending, but SPEAKING at an anti-Trump rally! Good for her, no need for diplomacy I guess! KEK

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  5. Minnie says:

    Worth repeating from earlier thread:

    Prayers for all in her path.

    The video feeds, twits, etc. are horrendous and nauseating.

    Similar to watching a train wreck, with no ability to stop it.

    Also praying this Monster does not become the benchmark for Storm of the Century.

    Until we learn how to assist directly and/or indirectly, prayers continue.

    Samaritans Purse ❤️

    Please, if anyone has info on how to help, post it.

    Gut-wrenching 🙏🏼

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  6. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Praying for our East Coast Treepers–Be safe.

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    • Minnie says:

      🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      Eastern NC has been flooded countless times with much lesser Hurricanes. Couple of years age Matthew had them underwater—many had not completely rebuilt from that—-now this. People in those areas are rural and poor—no large cities with strong government to rely on. Unfortunately—also too poor to evacuate easily also.

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  7. Alison says:

    I love my President. He is such a combination of optimism & reality, and his message is always “We will get it done.” whether it is a trade deal or hurricane cleanup. Failure is simply not an option, regardless of the challenge facing him.

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  8. wheatietoo says:

    Poor babies…I hope they find a place to weather it!

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  9. tav says:

    High level sources, all of whom must remain anonymous for obvious reasons, are reporting that Elizabeth “Stolen Feathers” Warren has been doing tribal wind and rain dances to call on evil spirits to make winds blow 200 mph and 100 inches of rain to fall in one hour and then blame it on Trump for pulling out of the “Paris Climate Change Accords”.

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  10. alliwantissometruth says:

    You know what sucks? As I was reading this, I was thinking about certain words the President used & how the media would distort them & mock them

    As if everyday normal words should make me think like that, & how ridiculous is it to be reading about such an important topic, yet thinking about how the left will turn a Presidents concern & planning into an orgy of mockery & hate

    It’s really gotten that bad, & it’s disgusting

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  11. Ken Maritch says:

    Get ready for the lefts comparisons between how PDJT handles this hurricane and the one that hit Puerto Rico and the one that will hit the Carolinas.

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  12. Doug says:

    Off topic but I think it’s of interest to everyone here.

    George found his balls. Now if only Carter Page would too.

    TheLastRefuge Retweeted
    George Papadopoulos
    ‏@GeorgePapa19
    21h21 hours ago
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    The notion that Downer randomly reached out to me just to have a gin and tonic is laughable. Some organization or entity sent him to meet me. For the sake of our republic and the integrity of this investigation, I think it’s time Downer is as exposed as Christoper Steele.

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  13. sundance says:

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  14. Pam says:

    I hated the Q & A part too with the BS MSM narrative. Otherwise, it was very informative. Yep, the track is a getting a little too close for comfort now. We have gas to run the generator and two vehicles tanks are full and we have enough food to last for a while. I’m hoping this thing will resume the eastward turn it was making yesterday. We look to be ground zero unless it makes the necessary wobbles.

    I just spoke to a friend of mine and she learned that some stations in western NC are already running out of gas (believe it or not!) and some stations here now apparently have covers on their pumps. It’s getting real ya’ll!

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  15. Concerned Virginian says:

    Another IDIOT fellow traveler “reporter” tries to do a “Gotcha” with President Trump with the question about “do you believe the denials of Rob Porter and Gary Cohn”. So POTUS proceeds, like a BOSS, to politely but firmly shut down the idiot.

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  16. wheatietoo says:

    Wow.

    Looks like this thing is already pushing the water ahead of it.

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    This storm surge could be massive.
    I hope people just go ahead and evac to a safe distance.

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  17. wheatietoo says:

    Our Oklahoma crews are already on the road, to help out in the aftermath.

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    God speed, guys.

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  18. MaineCoon says:

    This is a link to hurricane live beach webcam trackers for beaches in harms way of Hurricane Florence.

    It always seems like it’s beautiful weather, calm before the storm, before “it” arrives. At least my Florida experience. Tomorrow it will be telling.

    https://www.livebeaches.com/live-hurricane-webcams/

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  19. Pam says:

    8pm ET intermediate advisory:

    SUMMARY OF 800 PM AST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
    ———————————————-
    LOCATION…28.0N 67.9W
    ABOUT 350 MI…565 KM SSW OF BERMUDA
    ABOUT 725 MI…1165 KM ESE OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 17 MPH…28 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…945 MB…27.91 INCHES

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  20. MaineCoon says:

    I hope it gives comfort to those in harm’s way to know that President Trump anf his people have a plan ready to go. Atlanta is the nerve center for the massive relief efforts by the feds. Home Depot is on it too as I’m sure others are.

    Just remember — help is on the way!

    FTA : FEMA, The government agency has set up its nerve center in Atlanta to coordinate its massive effort – which involves pulling together 13 federal agencies – to save lives.

    “It’s going to bring high winds,” Keenan said. “It’s going to bring storm surge.”

    FEMA is even deploying swift water rescue teams – and more – to the Carolinas.

    And, at the corporate headquarters of The Home Depot in Vinings, the hurricane command center is operating 24/7 now, rushing emergency inventories of batteries, generators, plywood – and whatever else customers along the coast are needing – to their stores there.

    Peter Capel said The Home Depot is keeping the stores open along the coast as long as possible before landfall and will open as soon as possible after.

    https://www.11alive.com/article/weather/hurricane/atlanta-becoming-epicenter-for-disaster-aid-ahead-of-hurricane-florence/85-593131508

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  21. Howie says:

    Rush nailed it. No matter what happens the democrat MSM will find some way to turn this in to Trumps Katrina.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Convert says:

      Exactly. He can’t get a break. This is going to be unprecedented in it’s size and impact. Probably 4states involved with disastrous damage, plus I’m really concerned about major loss of life in Charlotte/Raleigh from unimaginable flooding. A LOT of people live there!
      At the best anybody could do, this will be awful and give the evil, snarling pack media dogs plenty of opportunities for on-screen hysterics blaming Trump for the death and destruction.

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  22. Phil says:

    I REALLY am not trying to be an alarmist but more out of curiosity. Would this wet environment make it more conducive for alligators and pythons that are thriving in Florida move up here at least temporarily?

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I just read that alligators live in North Carolina. I didn’t look for info about pythons.

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    • dawg says:

      We have gators in SC already.

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    • prenanny says:

      I would say NO, animals are not tourists and this is a temporary situation.
      They have plenty of food where they are no need to travel.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Phil says:

      OH NO!!!! I just realized I made a mistake! I meant Washington D. C.not Florida. Heh Heh!

      Liked by 1 person

    • churchladyiowa says:

      Our son is a lifer in the Marines stationed at Camp LeJeune. He lives 12 minutes from the base. Called late today to tell us that it took him over an hour to drive to work today. Tons of traffic, but also lots of stupid gawkers who stop on bridges (IN their lane of traffic!) to look at the water which caused one accident. He got to work and later all the guys were told to leave. They were also told that they would NOT be evacuating and would be required to stay in the area hunkered down. Because they’re Dept. of Defense. On the way home late this afternoon, he had been on the road an hour & a half and was nearing his house. “I passed THREE accidents this time,” he told us.

      His home is in a covenanted neighborhood and his backyard has lots of dense trees. Behind them is a creek that overflowed last spring during heavy rains when he first moved in. For several days he had two inches of standing water on his lawn. Oh, yes . . . also once the rainfall absorbed, a rattlesnake appeared. When he mows he routinely sees baby gators.

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  23. MaineCoon says:

    U.S. Coast Guard station in Wilmington

    Official Site:
    USCG Sector North Carolina (Wilmington) FB Page

    Base Location:
    USCG Sector North Carolina headquarters is located at 721 Medical Center Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Wilmington is a port city located in New Hanover County, NC and has the honor to be known as “A Coast Guard City”. Located west of sector headquarters in Wilmington is Wrightsville Beach, NC where USCG Station Wrightsville beach is located. To the east of Wilmington, about 5 miles away is the city of Leland, NC.

    https://www.militarybyowner.com/housing/nc/coast-guard-wilmington.aspx

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  24. Phil says:

    I remember when Hurricane Sandy hit New York. We were driving on I80 in Pennsylvania when we passed a convoy of electric utility trucks from Michigan heading up there to get staged before the storm to help out. I do not doubt that President Trump already has a good working relationship with all nearby governors to respond immediately or are already getting staged as close as possible to start work as soon as possible.

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    • prenanny says:

      There is a hotel near me that is a staging area for util trucks on the move north and south, will swing by after work tonight in the morning and report back. Usually lots of electric as well as tree trimmers gather there.
      Puts the true meaning of ONE NATION in context.

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  25. zooamerica says:

    I think President Trump will declassify the Russia probe documents, but not this week.

    Timing is everything and now is not the right time.

    The entire media spin cycle will be set on Florence until at least Wednesday or Thursday of next week. If Florence is absolutely devastating, a 2-3 week media spin cycle is likely to ensue…bringing us into the first week of October.

    Declassifying the documents now would have very little impact.

    Let us pray that Florence takes a northeastern turn avoiding the east coast of the United States and drifts off into history.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Yeah, either release it Now…or wait till the Florence coverage is past.

      Releasing some of it in the next few days might be best, though.
      I go back and forth about it.

      Trouble is, there is another strong hurricane building off the coast of Africa, that could come next.
      So yes, that could take us into October.

      Releasing some of it tomorrow or Thursday, would be ahead of landfall for Florence.
      The media might use Florence as a distraction, true…but the wheels of justice could be turning without their attention.
      So that could be a good thing.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      Taking a South West turn over Upper SC after it swirls Wilmington for hours according to latest.

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  26. BillRiser says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen a US President hold a news conference warning people on a hurricane. The man really cares about his citizens. Thank You President Trump!

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    • wheatietoo says:

      He really does.
      Looking after people is like a second nature to him.

      All those years of being a hotelier…looking after people’s needs…PDJT is probably the most capable & qualified guy to handle national emergencies, that we’ve ever had in the White House.

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      • Reloader says:

        We will see in this event how President Donald Trump would and will handle any sort of Wartime emergency, as well. He will prove more capable than any previous leader.
        Count. On. It.

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    • sickconservative says:

      I’ll bet done before but as you said he cares for this country, its been shown watching old media interviews going back decades.
      Really PDJT is us and not the ruling elite of the swamp.

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  27. nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

    One more Tarheel deplorable checking in. Near Fayetteville, so not expecting the brunt of winds but the swamp is about 100 yards down the road and it may get up to us this time. Stopped about 20 yards short after all the Mathew Rain.
    But the chain saw has a new blade, the wood chipper is fueled up, the propane tank is full and the generator good to go. Spam and Peanut butter in plastic bags and the lines are singled up on the Ark.
    Heard that the Marines at Lejeune are still there and have not evacuated yet. Not that a “little ol’ hurricane” would bother a Marine.
    Keep those brave and special folks in your thoughts as well.

    We could always put the legislature and Governor in Wilmington and let them start talking. That should give the storm enough encouragement to turn around and go back home!!

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  28. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  29. zooamerica says:

    President Trump has threatened a government shutdown over border wall funding…

    Unfortunately, that card has been taken off the table.

    Can’t have a government shutdown right now.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      I don’t know about that…

      During a govt ‘shutdown’, the President gets to decide what is shut down and what is not.

      For example, Clinton funded the Agriculture Dept during a shutdown…since that is where the Food Stamps program is.

      “Non-essential personnel” is what gets shut down.
      The Military, Border Patrol & FEMA…are considered essential.
      Postal Service still operates.
      SocSec/Medicare payments still go out.

      But the President can deem whatever additional depts are ‘essential’ as he sees fit.

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      • Chris Four says:

        Yes you are on the right track. The President declares a State of Emergency all hands are on deck. Border security maybe a bigger issue at such a time in order to prevent people from taking advantage of the lack of security in the areas affected by the Emergency.

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  30. Texian says:

    Ok.. now it’s a real hurricane..

    If you stay on the coast.. be a very good swimmer.. you will get your marathon chance in spades.. Don’t fight the current – it will win. Just ride it in.. but don’t ride too long, the backside of the storm will wash you out to sea. If you haven’t actively trained in surf zone and/or open ocean swimming, it’s best you leave..

    If you are inland but within the hurricane zone.. Be prepared to be soggy and wet and occasionally cold day, after day.. after day.. It gets old after awhile.. especially during the aftermath.. It will wear you down and test your grit. Nights are barren and void – except for predators, so be prepared.. It’s open range.. dog eat dog..

    In a few weeks to a month (or maybe longer in some cases) the electric power might be restored..

    One more thing.. watch out for your toilets – they might back flow into your house. If you have a main sewer drain cutoff valve – close it before the storm and during flooding that happens anywhere in the service area..

    Rock n Roll Carolinas.. She’s startin’ to look like the real thing..

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  31. nimrodman says:

    Ha!
    PresTrump pokes Dems right in the eye:

    “But unlike Puerto Rico, you have very strong power companies. They’re very powerful, very well managed …”

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  32. Alleycats says:

    We’re in south/central VA on the Carolina Border. Expecting a crap ton of rain, very significant flooding.

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  33. Frank Suggs says:

    I was telling a friend of mine from FL today that we in NC, like them, usually take these storm forecasts with a grain of salt. Usually not near as bad as projected. This one has a different look and feel. Barring a turn back out to sea it’s going to be rough. Swift water rescue teams from all over the country, even CA, are starting to arrive in state and are being propositioned. Our state EM folks have started to preposition resources. FEMA as well. We have a tradition of banding together statewide of our emergency services, fire, EMS and police to serve our NC citizens and visitors. With help from our fellow Americans we’ll get through it.

    Two years ago it was folks from the west and central sections deployed down east for Matthew. Six months later it was folks from still water logged down east and central NC deployed west to the mountains for our never seen before, CA style wildfires. If the track holds, our entire state will be hit hard. We’ve been hit hard before and we hit back hard. This thing won’t beat us because of the tar on our heels. We stand and stick! Tarheel born and Tarheel bred and when I die I’ll be Tarheel dead. Thanks for all your prayers!

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Be Safe, Tar-Heel Frank, and all others in danger zones. Prayers for all of you.

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    • Texian says:

      We made it a point to not rely on gubmint or others before, during and after hurricanes.. Just prepare.. After Ike, Allison, etc. etc. we felt a little empathy (just a little – not that much) when we would drive by the grocery store and see all the people waiting in line in the parking lot for their allotment of food and water.. and gas lines at the station..

      Listen to Sundance and simply follow his advice.. He knows.. He has many hurricane stripes on his sleeve.. Make that stars.. He’s an officer in this respect..

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  34. Pam says:

    SUMMARY OF 1100 PM AST…0300 UTC…INFORMATION
    ———————————————–
    LOCATION…28.4N 68.7W
    ABOUT 355 MI…570 KM SW OF BERMUDA
    ABOUT 670 MI…1075 KM ESE OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 17 MPH…28 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…946 MB…27.93 INCHES

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  35. filia.aurea says:

    We have approximately 12 nuclear plants in the way of Florence. I pray that all possible precautions are being made to secure them first.

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  36. lettruthspeak says:

    Doesn’t matter how prepared or how this will be handled. The leftardists, being the evil lunkheads they have always been, are already ponying up their criticism and sharpening their knives. They are just simply unwatchable.

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