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Florida volunteers mobilize for Hurricane Laura relief

South Florida Red Cross to assist Texas and Louisiana with recovery
The American Red Cross is preparing to shelter and support families from Texas to Louisiana as Hurricane Laura takes aim at the Gulf Coast.
The American Red Cross is preparing to shelter and support families from Texas to Louisiana as Hurricane Laura takes aim at the Gulf Coast.
The American Red Cross is preparing to shelter and support families from Texas to Louisiana as Hurricane Laura takes aim at the Gulf Coast.
Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 17:52:48-04

The American Red Cross is preparing to shelter and support families from Texas to Louisiana as Hurricane Laura takes aim at the Gulf Coast.

The South Florida Red Cross quickly mobilized to send support to Louisiana and Texas as Laura continues to gain strength.

More than 15 Red Cross volunteers have deployed to Iowa, Louisiana and Texas to assist in disaster response and relief efforts.

“The Red Cross continues to deliver our mission during COVID-19,” said Jill Palmer, executive director for the Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Our presence is vital to help prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Our volunteers turn compassion into action and will be present to support these communities in need.”

Volunteers are preparing for heavy rain and potential flooding near the Texas and Louisiana border.

Florida Power & Light Company also deployed nearly 1,000 lineworkers and contractors to help restore widespread power outages expected in the wake of the storm.

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Scripps National Desk
1:29 PM, Dec 17, 2018

2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.