Red Cross rallies emergency vehicles for Earl response

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross announced Wednesday it will be stationing two of its emergency response vehicles in Raleigh.

The move to relocate the two emergency response vehicles comes on the heels of Hurricane Earl making landfall along the East Coast as a Category 3 storm.

Spokeswoman Angela Nicholas said the two drivers would be leaving the coastal chapter's headquarters at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The two vehicles join more than 150 others put on high alert for the approaching storm.

In addition to emergency response vehicles, trained workers have been put on high alert. The organization has also stocked four warehouses with relief supplies.

Officials with the American Red Cross have urged residents from the Carolinas to New England to keep a vigilant eye on the storm. Officials said the approximately 500-mile wide storm could cause flooding and high winds in coastal regions.

"We're making preparations for Earl's landfall, but we urge everyone who may be in the path of the storm to also get prepared," Joe Becker, senior vice president of Red Cross Disaster Services, said. "Being ready is your best protection against a storm like this."

The call for help comes as Hurricane Earl continues its northwest march towards the East Coast as a Category 3 storm.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for areas north of Surf City, NC, to Paramore Island, VA. Officials said hurricane conditions could affect the areas included in the watch.

A tropical storm warning has also been issued for the North Carolina coast from Cape Fear to Surf City.

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