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Convoy of Hope Prepares to Help As Hurricane Florence Expected to Slam Eastern U.S.

Convoy of Hope

Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 storm, continues to gain strength as it heads toward the eastern United States.  Weather forecasters say it could near Category 5 strength.  The storm is currently expected to hit North Carolina Thursday night with sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour and large amounts of rainfall.  Other states expected to be hit by the hurricane are South Carolina and Virginia. 

Convoy of Hope is preparing to deploy Disaster Services teams and plans to send an advance team on the ground Wednesday morning to assess the storm.  Thursday, it will send a full team to the area with equipment and several truckloads of disaster relief supplies from its World Distribution Center in Springfield.

According to Convoy of Hope, the goal in responding to Hurricane Florence is to give people help and hope in times of great need. Teams in the field will distribute relief supplies to storm survivors, coordinate volunteers and assist in cleanup efforts. Convoy of Hope says it will be working closely with local, state and federal officials. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.