Coast Guard North Carolina Hurricane Florence Response Update

Members of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami and Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South rescue an elderly woman and her husband along with their pets after their home was flooded by Hurricane Florence, in Brunswick County, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. The Coast Guard is conducting search and rescue operations in support of state and local emergency operation centers U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn.

Members of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami and Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South rescue an elderly woman and her husband along with their pets after their home was flooded by Hurricane Florence, in Brunswick County, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn.

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – The Coast Guard continues to coordinate with federal, stat 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.”

For photos and video of the Coast Guard’s preparation and response to Hurricane Florence, visit our Hurricane Florence Flickr album.

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