Alaskans help those in the path of Hurricane Florence
"We're starting to see the surge, we're starting to see the wind," said Anchorage's Andrew Bogar, who has a good view of the power from Hurricane Florence.
But he is not along the South Carolina coast. He's about two and a half hours away in the capital city of Columbia. Bogar helps coordinate relief efforts from the Red Cross command center set up there.
"We've been moving volunteers into the communities, and we've been staffing the shelters as the counties have asked for them," said Bogar.
He will help oversee a variety of relief services after the storm. Those range from disaster recovery to mental health.
Evacuation orders went out to nearly two million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. But because the hurricane has weakened since earlier in the week, Bogar fears many people will ignore the word to leave.
"Individuals will see a Category 2, and go 'Oh, it's a Category 4, it's gone to Category 2, it must be so much safer now,' we don't want people to get lulled into a false sense of security. If you can evacuate, we need you to evacuate and get to a safe location," said Bogar
The wind and rain are not the only concerns.
"The other thing we're worried about it is, the storm moving inland, and for the lack of a better term, stalling, and just sitting there, and dumping a lot of water on a lot of these low-lying communities that historically have seen flooding before," Bogar said, as he is not the only Alaskan who will help the victims of the storm.
Crews from the Alaska Air National Guard loaded up supplies Wednesday, to be used to help in the relief effort. Military life is something Bogar understands, as he served in both the Navy and Army. Bogar said his latest role helps fill the void after he retired from that life.
"You lose your identity when the uniform comes off. You pretty much know your place and order in the world while you're in service, and you get out, things get a little wishy-washy I guess is a good way to put it," said Bogar.
Florence is a powerful storm, but even it can not stand in the way of true love. One couple tied the knot early Thursday afternoon in Myrtle Beach. A ray of sunshine in the path of Mother Nature's fury.
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