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10/11/2018

Hurricane Michael update from LSS Ohio Disaster Response

HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE 10/10/2018 | 2:30pm EST

For more information contact: John Pyron
Ohio Statewide Director of Disaster Services
Email: jpyron@lssnetworkofhope.org

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida – a normally pristine beach hamlet situated between Panama City Beach to the west and Apalachicola to the east – at approximately 12:30pm CDT today as an unprecedented and potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, bringing with it 155 mph winds, heavy rain, and the threat of disastrous storm surge.

According to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, tropical scientist at Colorado State University, Michael is the strongest hurricane to ever come ashore along the Florida panhandle in records dating back to 1851. Likewise, the storm, based on its internal barometric pressure, is the most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the U.S. mainland since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles from Michael’s center, and the storm is so powerful that it is expected to remain a hurricane as it powers through Georgia early Thursday and into the Carolinas late Thursday and early Friday. The situation may become especially dire in the Carolinas as they are only now beginning their long recovery from Hurricane Florence’s epic flooding not even a month ago.

The Lutheran and Episcopal communities have a strong history of community-based disaster response efforts and will be working to support the affected local communities.

Ways to Help:

ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response provides ongoing assistance to families affected by disasters nationwide, including Hurricane Michael – 100% of gifts for this disaster will be used until the recovery effort is complete. Make your gift here.

Other Ways to Help:

o Pray for those who are affected or in need following Hurricane Florence.

o Volunteer with local disaster service agencies where ever help is needed most.

o Partner with local churches or other organizations to provide food, hygiene products, pet food, diapers, and basic resources where needed.

o Share this information with your family, friends, churches, and colleagues.

o DO NOT SEND MATERIAL GOODS (i.e. clothing, food, water, supplies).

o DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.

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