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September 15, 6 pm

The Pennsylvania EMA US&R Team was deployed for Hurricane Floyd as of 6 pm last night. We are currently stationed near Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, where landfall is expected at midnight tonight. At the evening briefing, we were informed that peak sustained winds are likely to reach or exceed 85 mph. Cell phones are no longer functioning and evacuations are evident on the highways. There are also at least 21 million phone customers out of order along the coast. There was a reported tornado touchdown somewhere along the Carolina coastline at 1 pm. At this time (7:15 pm) rain has been steady for 6 hours and wind has been increasing, although it is not yet strong. We are expecting potential sustained power outages and general loss of phone contact. There is scheduled a helicopter reconnaissance of damage some time in the morning after peak winds have passed. Provided that the Internet connection remains available I will post further messages as information and activity progresses.

James Cohen


Update on hurricane Floyd at 8:30 am, September 16

Maximum reported wind speed to PEMA US&R Task Force 1 from FEMA: sustained 98 mph, gust 130 Hurricane may pass over eastern coast and will re-emerge at eastern tip of Long Island, New York, remaining as Category 1 hurricane
Center is currently over extreme east of North Carolina
There is currently no communication with Wrightsville Beach
Reconnaissance underway
Major hazard flooding

*****Currently researching local codes ? INFO ON WIND SPEEDS, FLOOD CRITERIA, COMMON LOCAL CONSTRUCTION TYPES AND BUILDING DESIGN REQUESTED FROM SEAINT MEMBERS ASAP ? can be faxed to Radisson Governors Inn number 919-517-3510 ATTN: James Cohen, c/o PEMA TF-1 Fred Endrikat

More as available

James Cohen, PE
TF-1 Structures Specialist

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