Calvary Disaster Relief has been in contact with several Calvary Chapels in North and South Carolina. We are currently assessing where we will set-up a base of operation. We have been in contact with CC Willimgton and also CC Jacksonville in order to start relief efforts in those locations. We continue to pray.
Members of the New York Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One help evacuate people from their homes on Sept. 18, 2018 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Cape Fear river has reached its crest due to rains caused by Hurricane Florence which inundated the area with rain that caused concern for large scale flooding in the Carolinas.
Thanks for your prayers and support for the Myrtle Beach area. We came through the storm relatively unscathed, but now the water is rising around our rivers. All the rivers flow from North Carolina into our state, so it should be interesting the next few days. The Wilmington, NC area took the biggest hit, but it is way to early to asses the damage and the needs. Pray that we can determine the best course of action.
Our radio station did not go off air, due to a lot of prevention and redundant systems we have in place. God is good.
Pray for the Calvary Relief teams that will start to be coming in now to help. Pray for God to open the doors of men and women's hearts.
Pastor Ron Dozler
Calvary Chapel Myrtle Beach
Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday after making landfall earlier in the day in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, weather officials said. The agency's update came after Florence claimed its first victims Friday afternoon, when two people died after a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, police said. There have been at four deaths in the midst of the storm. Florence was about 15 miles north-northwest of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and about 55 miles east-southeast of Florence, S.C.,the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an 8 p.m. update.
Moving westward at 3 mph, Florence has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, according to the NHC.
"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move farther inland across extreme eastern South Carolina tonight and Saturday," the NHC said. "Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week." As the storm travels inland, "significant weakening" is expected through to early next week, the NHC said.
Among the fatalities so far: a person in Lenoir County who died while plugging in a generator, according to a news release from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office. "Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm," Cooper said in the news release. "Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days. Be extremely careful and stay alert.
Currently packing Category 4 sustained winds of 130 mph, a potentially devastating Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall Friday morning or later. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, stated it “will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast.”
The slow-moving Florence has recently been tracking in a more southerly direction. It is a massive storm that could stall—increasing rain and storm surge levels—and, in any case, is likely to affect tens of millions of people, including those far from the coast. Forecast models extend the hurricane’s impact as far as from Virginia to Alabama.
“This is not going to be a glancing blow,” FEMA’s Jeff Byard said, as widely reported on Wednesday. “This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina Coast.
More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation in the face of the storm. The governors in both Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland have declared states of emergency. President Donald Trump has issued federal emergency declarations for both North and South Carolina.
Hurricane warnings and watches currently extend from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina-Virginia border. In addition to destructive winds and storm surge—up to 12 feet—on the coast, inland flooding is a major danger. Isolated areas may receive more than three feet of rain through the weekend.
“Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event,” the National Weather Service advised.
If Florence makes landfall in the Carolinas or Virginia as a Category 4 storm, it would be the strongest storm to blast the region since Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Please pray as this terrible storm bears down on the Eastern Seaboard. Pray for safety for residents and for our preparations to respond.