Hurricane Florence Reduces to Category 1 Hurricane

Florence downgraded again to Category 1 hurricane with a sustained wind of 90 mph. The National Hurricane Center said that North Carolina coast is now being lashed with hurricane force wind and storm surge. Within a few days, the flood level will reach to dangerous level due to continuous storm rain.

In another update, it said that the storm’s eye is 50 miles wide south of Morehead and he core is 60 miles east southeast of Wilmington. At this time, it is moving at a wind speed of 6 mph. The full force of Florence will be demonstrated by Friday or Saturday.

Employees had to evacuate a North Carolina TV news station as the water rise from Hurricane Florence. This is the first time that Bern’s WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had abandoned the studio. All the roads around the news station building are flooding. New Bern city is within the proximity of Neuse River and Atlantic coast.

Many utility crews from California and Cana have arrived at North Carolina to help in the power outages after Hurricane Florence. They were assembled near State Capitol in Raleigh in their trucks. Duke Energy said that it estimates that 1 – 3 millions of its customers will experience power outages and they are seeking help from other power companies.

Holland Power Services from Canada have sent 100 vehicles and 250 workers to aid Duke Energy in carry out the restoration of the power outage. Duke Energy and Dominion, the two monopoly in electric utilities in North Carolina reported that over 80,000 customers are suffering from power outage as the hurricane heads nears. Most of the power outage occurred in Carteret County.

Power outages also occurred in other counties such as Craven and Pamlico. More than 12,000 people have put up at 126 shelters as Hurricane Florence approach. More shelters are being opened as more people need help in finding a place to avoid the storm.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam is urging residents to stay in the shelter even though prediction for the effect of Hurricane Florence is not as serious. More than 400 people have taken up shelters in Virginia. Many people have heeded the evacuation order and leave their offices temporarily to avoid the hurricane.

Airbnb is offering free lodgings for those affected by Hurricane Florence until the 1st October. Over 400 Airbnb hosts has agreed to offer free lodgings for evacuees and emergency workers. The lodging is completely free and there is no booking fee.

Airbnb had offered free stays before during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The emergency declaration allows state officials to better prepare for the storm. More declarations will follow up for other errands including search and rescue team, food and etc.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Basement Flooding Cleanup

    How do you clean up a flooded basement?

    If the basement is only partially flooded, you may be able to pump the water out using a sump pump. If the basement is completely flooded, you will need to remove the water using a wet/dry vacuum or a submersible pump. Once the water has been removed, you will need to clean and disinfect the area to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

    How do you clean an unfinished basement after a flood?

    If your basement has been flooded, you will need to clean it as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Start by removing any wet items from the basement and throwing them away. Next, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any water from the floor. Finally, use a disinfectant to clean the entire area.

    How do you disinfect after a flood?

    To disinfect after a flood, you should clean all surfaces with hot water and soap. You should also disinfect all surfaces with a bleach solution.

    What to spray in the basement after flooding to remove odors and prevent mold growth?

    Mold and mildew can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after flooding. To prevent mold growth, spray a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water throughout the basement.

    Do you need to run dehumidifier after a flood?

    After a flood, it is necessary to run a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from the air and prevent the growth of mold.

    Will a dehumidifier remove flood waters from flooring?

    A dehumidifier will only remove flood waters from flooring if the dehumidifier is powerful enough.