Northeast Ohio volunteers heading south as Red Cross mobilizes Dorian assistance

Northeast Ohio volunteers heading south as Red Cross mobilizes Dorian assistance”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Hurricane Dorian's effects can already be felt at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The American Red Cross has pre-positioned more than 1,500 volunteers, 110 emergency response vehicles and over 99 semi-loads of supplies from across the nation as areas along the east coast possibly face impact from Hurricane Dorian.

The flight was canceled Saturday, but several passengers say they weren't informed until Monday morning.

The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend. "So far we plan to set up 100 shelters in the state of Florida", McIntyre said.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to be 40 to 50 miles off the Florida coast with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

After days of nerve-wracking uncertainty surrounding the storm's path, the southeastern USA states of Florida, Georgia and SC finally ordered coastal residents to evacuate in a mass exodus set to affect hundreds of thousands of people.

"We also have disaster health and mental health volunteers who are certified medical professionals, who can offer storm victims comfort and hope", McIntyre said.

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