Red Cross continues its hurricane relief efforts

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -  The American Red Cross continues to assist people affected by the winds, rains and flooding of Hurricane Earl in North Carolina.

A dozen Red Cross shelters were opened in North Carolina, giving more than 260 people a safe place to ride out the storm Thursday night as heavy rain and strong winds swept through the area, according to a news release.

On Friday, the Red Cross started assessing damage left by the storm and helping people as they begin to cleanup as Hurricane Earl left the area. More than 183 Red Cross disaster workers have been deployed to North Carolina,  with 37 emergency response vehicles and two trailers of additional disaster relief supplies.

Hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect from North Carolina to Maine.

In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Red Cross is ready to open shelters, and 200 trained disaster workers have deployed to the area to assist those who may be affected by the storm, according to the Red Cross. It has 24 emergency response vehicles in the two states, with two trailers of disaster relief supplies that arrived in the area on Thursday.

Emergency planning is under way in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

People who are evacuating can register on the Red Cross Safe and Well Website, accessible at or call 800.RED.CROSS, so that friends and relatives can know their whereabouts.

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