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Hurricane Florence


Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane, as well as the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the Carolinas and the ninth-wettest tropical cyclone to affect the contiguous United States. The sixth named storm, third hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Florence originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the west coast of Africa on August 30, 2018. By the evening of September 13, Florence had been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, though the storm began to stall as it neared the Carolina coastline. Early the next day on September 14, Florence made landfall just south of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and weakened further as it slowly moved inland. With the threat of a major impact in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States becoming evident by September 7, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland, and the mayor of Washington, D.C. declared a state of emergency. On September 10 and September 11, the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia all issued mandatory evacuation orders for some of their coastal communities, as it was expected that emergency management personnel would be unable to reach people in those areas once the storm arrived.



Navy Corpsmen hold training with Canadian Armed Forces medical technicians
COLD LAKE, AB, CANADA – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christian Basque, a navy doctor with Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, shows pictures of X-rays from his civilian job as a sports medicine physician to Canadian medical technicians during exercise Maple Flag 50 at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alberta, June 2, 2017. Maple Flag is an annual multi-national training exercise hosted by the Royal Canadian Air Force with foreign nations training together to complete simulated combat missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Niles Lee/Released)

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