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Tropical Storm Hermine leaves North Carolina with minimal damage

Red Cross closes shelters, assists families affected 

RALEIGH, Sept. 3, 2016 – Tropical Storm Hermine crossed Eastern North Carolina early Saturday morning, leaving the area with minimal damage.

Eastern North Carolina experienced heavy rainfall, isolated flooding and some power outages. The Red Cross opened shelters overnight to house families affected, and those shelters are now closed.

For those who may have experienced damage from the storm, please contact your local Red Cross.

“Red Cross volunteers remained on alert overnight as the storm blew through, prepared to respond,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “We are thankful the area saw little damage, and grateful to all of the volunteers who gave their time this holiday weekend.”

While Tropical Storm Hermine had little effect on the region, the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina assists with disasters daily – the most common being home fires. Red Cross responds to an average of five home fires each night in Eastern NC. 

Friday night, five families lost their homes to fire. How can you help? Make a contribution – big or small – so the Red Cross can continue to lend a hand to every family affected by disasters: www.redcross.org/enc. Or, volunteer to help families on the scene of a disaster: www.redcross.org/volunteer.    

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.