National Guard, Swift Water Rescue Units On Standby

Gov. Mike Easley today put National Guard and swift water rescue units on standby and Department of Transportation recovery crews
in place in coastal areas of North Carolina with the arrival of
Tropical Storm Gabrielle.

The state’s Emergency Operations Center was activated late Friday and continues to closely monitor the storm.

“A National Guard unit with high-water rescue capability along with
another swift-water rescue unit have been put on stand by as a
precaution as Gabrielle moves ashore,” Easley said. “There is expected
to be lightning and isolated tornadoes, and the most significant
flooding often comes after the crest of the storm. So pay attention to
local officials, listen for reports of tornado warnings and please stay
indoors and do not venture into flooded areas.”

Most deaths during tropical storms occur when people drive into flood
waters and drown. Rip currents will be strong in the ocean.

The governor reminded residents of these safety tips.
• Do not drive your car through floodwaters. Cars will float in less
than one foot of water. If you cannot see the line markings on the
road, do not go through the water.
• Do not allow children to play in flooded areas or ditches.
• Do not swim or dive into the water.
• Listen to radio and television for information or instructions from
local emergency managers.

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