Disaster-relief teams from NY area helping Florence victims

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Since September 11, more than 2.5 million weather alerts have been sent through Red Cross apps to help people make lifesaving decisions.

More than 1,500 disaster workers from around the country - including more than four dozen from northwest OH - are in route to the region to help.

The hurricane has reached the coast of the Carolinas with storm surges up to 13 feet and rain amounting to more than 3 feet.

While Florence has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it's still so unsafe. That phone bank is now closed, but donations are still being accepted online.

GoFundMe has created a page of all campaigns related to Hurricane Florence.

"So at sunrise tomorrow we'll be able to start on disaster recovery", Williams said.

"Thanks to generous donors, like Sonoco, all Red Cross disaster assistance is free", said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.

If you want to make a larger gift, Kroger also set up a unique donation page through the Red Cross, which you can find here.

Chelsey Griggs, of St. Paul, will soon fly to Raleigh, North Carolina to work in a shelter.

For information about volunteering or making a donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCross.org. He said more than 1,500 units of blood that were scheduled to be donated in the areas affected by the hurricane need to be replaced.

The organization responds to 64,000 disasters on an annual basis, with 95 percent of relief workers serving on a volunteer basis. There is a critical need to platelet and type O blood donations.

"We want these communities to know that Kroger is with them and we'll continue to do all we can to ease these hard times", said McGee.

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