Former North Country Residents Ride Out Hurricane FlorencePosted: Updated:
Former Potsdam native Kurt Covey is riding out the storm at his cousin's home in Hubert, North Carolina, just northeast of the eye of the hurricane. He says they are getting pounded with heavy rain and powerful winds. Covey says they lost power at 2 a.m. Friday.
"We were actually one of the last ones to lose it. People lost power at like 5 o'clock yesterday," he said.
Former 7 News meteorologist Rick DeFranco still had power Friday morning in Clayton, North Carolina, which is about 100 miles from the storm. He says his area will see winds of about 40 to 50 miles per hour. But since Florence is a slow moving hurricane, he says the bigger problem is flooding. A golf course near his house is already under water.
"We already have a flood warning and of course where we're located in the front left quadrant, here's the old meteorologist in me talking, but that's where you tend to get tornadoes that spin off of hurricanes so we're also in a tornado watch. So yeah, we're keeping our eye to the sky and looking to see what's going on and kind of waiting for the electricity to go out, which it inevitably will at some point today," said DeFranco.
Meanwhile, more than 200 Fort Drum soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade spent the last two days gearing up to deploy to North Carolina to help with hurricane recovery. They've been packing up and getting more than 70 trucks ready to bring with them.
"As of right now we don't know what the mission is, we could be moving things, we just don't know but once again we are a truck company so we can move packs and cargo," said Terrell Vereen, 110th Composite Truck Company commander.
The soldiers say they will be deployed sometime on Saturday or Sunday and will be down there as long as they need help.