Nearly 200,000 homes in the Tar Heel State are without power as the storm washes ashore, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, in addition to flash flooding with a 10-foot storm surge.
Governor Pete Ricketts has mobilized two Nebraska Army National Guard helicopters and 13 soldiers. They were sent to Tennessee initially and are expected to be deployed in North Carolina once the worst of the storm passes.
The helicopters are UH-60 Blackhawks and the troops are from the Lincoln-based Company G, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion. They’ll be helping with any sort of relief operations, as needed. The helicopters and crews are equipped and trained to conduct search and rescue operations, as well as air movement missions.
In a news release, Major General Daryl Bohac, Nebraska’s adjutant general, is quoted:
“Our guidance from our commander-in-chief, Governor Pete Ricketts, is the Nebraska National Guard will pitch in and help our neighbors whenever possible. We stand ready to do so once again if any of the states impacted by Hurricane Florence requests our assistance.”