Coast Guard has rescued 426 people and 234 pets since Hurricane Florence began
Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Maccaferri, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City hoist an elderly woman from a flooded home in Pender County, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. The woman had run out of medication and was unable to properly nourish herself. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Maccaferri.
GOLDSBORO, N.C. – The Coast Guard continues to coordinate with federal, state and local agencies to respond to flooding from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.
The Coast Guard has rescued 426 people and 234 pets since Hurricane Florence began.
- There are 26 shallow-water response boat teams deployed to North Carolina comprised of 116 people.
- There are 191 Coast Guard members assigned to the North Carolina Incident Command Post in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
- There are four buoy tenders en route to Wanchese, Oak Island, and Atlantic City Beach to assess waterway and port conditions.
“Search and rescue remains the highest priority in the neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, leader of the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. “We are also focusing on reopening the ports and waterways to support relief aid and resume commercial operations vital to North Carolina economy and national interesting, working alongside the North Carolina State Port Authority, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Army Corps of Engineers to open the Cape Fear River and Morehead City waterways with safety-focused restrictions this afternoon.”
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Coast Guard response operations are underway in the coastal portion of North Carolina, Saturday.
- Coast Guard helicopter crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 426 people and 234 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.
- Coast Guard shallow water response teams are clearing roads in the counties of Samson, Cumberland, Columbus and Lenoir to enable emergency crews and shallow water vessels to reach those in distress.
- Currently there are more than 3,000 Coast Guard members responding to Hurricane Florence.
- There are 35 shallow-water rescue boat teams deployed to North Carolina.
- The Coast Guard is currently conducting air operations based out of Elizabeth City and Savannah.
- Port Condition Zulu remains in effect for the ports of Wilmington, Morehead City, and Georgetown, S.C. In Port Condition Zulu the port is closed, and all port operations are suspended.
- The ports of Charleston, S.C., and Hampton Roads, VA, have been reopened, but mariners are encouraged to use extreme caution.
- Seven buoy-tending cutters have been directed to North Carolina to survey and open the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City as well as the North Carolina ferry system.
- Coast Guard helicopter crews from Air Station Savannah searched the entirety of the Georgia and South Carolina coast without finding anyone in need. These nine aircraft will be deployed to Myrtle Beach to begin operating in affected areas of North Carolina Sunday.