Update – September 13th 2018
Hurricane Florence approached the North Carolina coast on Thursday as a Category 2 storm, with winds of up to 110 miles an hour, as forecasters said that it has the potential for catastrophic, life-threatening damage and rainfall.Category 4 130-156 m.p.h. 3 111-129 m.p.h. 2 96-110 m.p.h. 1 74-95 m.p.h. Tropical storm Forecasted path – Source: National Weather Service
Mandatory Evacuations in Three States
On Wednesday morning, mandatory evacuations had been ordered along coastal counties in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with high winds, severe flooding and widespread power outages expected. The map below includes partial county evacuations.
All Italian nationals, residing in North Carolina, are cautioned to vigilantly follow the instructions given by local Authorities especially regarding the purchase of drinking water and basic essentials. If possible, please equip yourselves with generators and plywood in order to protect your homes.
Our emergency contact in the State of North Carolina is:
Honorary Consul Claudio Carpano
1704 E Blvd Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28203
The hurricane’s atmospheric development can be monitored at: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Please follow the instructions on how to react in case of natural disaster: www.ready.gov
For Italian Citizens in NC
North Carolina Dept of Public Safety Emergency Management website (with real-time twitter updates):
Main Switchboard: 919-825-2500
24-Hour Operations Center: 919-733-3300
It is suggested to download the ReadyNC app to your smartphones, as the app provides details on how to prepare an emergency kit, where shelters are open, and other essential information. ReadyNC also may be accessed at https://readync.org/EN/Index.html. The app and website are through the Department of Public Safety, and it’s very good for obtaining up to date information during any kind of emergency in NC.
instructions for travelers
Xfinity WiFi hotspots open to the public during Hurricane Florence
September 12, 2018 – To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Florence makes its anticipated landfall, Comcast is opening more than 7,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Savannah, Charleston and Augusta to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visit Xfinity webpage. Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their usernames and passwords and they will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future. Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through September 17, 2018.