14 Sep '18, 8am

Servicemembers are ready to respond from all directions, including from sea.

Servicemembers are ready to respond from all directions, including from sea.

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Florence began to lash the North Carolina coast on Thursday, the slow-moving storm’s heavy rain and high winds could cause difficult challenges for the 7,000 U.S. troops waiting to help with search-and-rescue efforts, Pentagon officials said. Officials said 4,000 National Guard troops and another 3,000 active-duty servicemembers were in position to respond to the storm, with thousands more ready as a secondary relief force. Florence, which was downgraded Thursday night to a category 1 hurricane, was still expected to cause treacherous flooding in North and South Carolina, Virginia and surrounding states. “Because of the length of time it’s going to be on the coast and the heavy rainfall that will happen, we do think the flooding and storm surge together will be a very difficult challenge to overcome,” Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said. “T...

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