Be prepared, not scared
While the forecast track has changed twice during the past day or so, it still appears that a powerful Hurricane Florence will make landfall in or near southeastern North Carolina later this week. While we may not know the final location and post-landfall pathway until Friday and beyond, this has the potential to be one of the largest hurricanes in the Carolinas in decades. In addition, we all know that a hurricane is not like a tornado; its effects can be felt literally hundreds of miles from the eye.
I have found a number of resources to be useful — here are a few: hurricane updates from the National Weather Service, traffic conditions maps by NCDOT and Google, storm information from the state of North Carolina, and preparation and outage resources from RTA Leadership Team member Duke Energy.
We are blessed to live in the Triangle, but proximity to our beautiful coastline carries its share of risk. I urge all RTA members to complete their final preparations, and to travel only where and when needed, while checking road conditions ahead of time if and when conditions deteriorate significantly on Thursday or Friday.
Having lived through Fran here in Raleigh more than 20 years ago, and several additional ones with lesser impacts in the Triangle since then, I know that hurricanes can make a major impact, and they can also bring a region and community together. Thank you for being an RTA member and an engaged member of our community.
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director