Preparing for Florence’s arrival

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NATIONAL (WCIA) — Hurricane Florence is on track to hit the East Coast in the next few days and Red Cross volunteers from Illinois are going to help.

The growing storm is expected to hit as a Category 4, with winds up to 140 miles per hour and up to 30-inches of rain. States of emergency have been declared in Virginia and the Carolinas.

The American Red Cross in Central and Southern Illinois is sending almost 40 volunteers before the extremely dangerous storm hits. They’ll help open evacuation shelters, serve meals and provide health services.

Deb Goettig, of Urbana, is flying into Raleigh-Durham Wednesday. She says she packed her bags for ten days, but plans to be in North Carolina for three weeks.

She’ll help operate one of the mega-shelters in the area. They’ll send in supplies after the hurricane hits including emergency vehicles and more volunteers.

Goettig says this is not her first time helping in a hurricane. She was in Houston for Hurricane Harvey for more than two weeks.

Organizers expect few donors will come out to drives in the affected areas so they’re encouraging people from around the country to donate blood. They say platelets and type O blood donations are especially needed.

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