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.



MWSS-473 conduct FARP operation at Maple Flag 50
COLD LAKE, AB, CANADA – Lance Cpl. Devin Persons, a crash fire rescue Marine with Marine Wing Support Squadron 473, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, mans the hose as Lance Cpl. Taylor Bivona (front) and Lance Cpl. Casey Davson (rear), crash fire rescue Marines with MWSS-473, 4th MAW, MARFORRES, run to rescue simulated casualties from a burning aircraft at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake during exercise Maple Flag 50, June 1, 2017. Crash fire rescue is an essential aviation ground support requirement MWSS-473 provides to designated fixed-wing and rotor-wing components of an aviation combat element. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Niles Lee/Released)