Samaritan’s Purse Canada has staff and volunteers responding to Hurricane Michael in the southern U.S, the hurricane made landfall as a monstrous Category 4 storm. Michael pounded the Gulf Coast with winds of 250 km/hour, then left a path of destruction through several other southeastern states. Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the area. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 counties.
“Work is getting done and we are seeing opportunities to show Christ’s love to homeowners,” says Canadian Disaster Relief manager Tammy Suitor who is overseeing the response in Florida. God is doing some amazing things in these communities. Please pray for our volunteers and homeowners.”
There have been over 34,000 volunteer hours invested so far, helping hundreds of devastated families. However, due to the overwhelming damage caused, there is still much to do. “There is enough work to keep our teams busy until the end of January 2019,” says Brent Davis, Canadian Disaster Relief Director.
The hurricane roared ashore near Panama City, Florida, and moved rapidly to the northeast, through Alabama, Georgia, South and North Carolina. Michael was the third-most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. mainland. The storm was being blamed for at least two deaths.
The day after making landfall, more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the southeast U.S. were without electricity. It then hit North Carolina and South Carolina with heavy downpours and threatened tornadoes, while recovery from Hurricane Florence was still in its infancy.
“Even as our teams work hard to help those affected by Hurricane Florence, our eyes are on the Gulf Coast,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “Michael is the worst hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle in the last 150 years. We are praying for everyone in its path and preparing to help in Jesus’ name after the storm passes.”
The hurricane roared ashore near Panama City, Florida, and moved rapidly to the northeast, through parts of Alabama, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia, where people are still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Florence.
Last year, Samaritan’s Purse Canada staff and volunteers helped U.S. victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma with much-needed clean-up. Please continue praying for those hurt by the storm, and for our teams as they serve.
Across North America, many communities struggle with major challenges. They are facing natural disasters or other unforeseen crises. They have physical needs, and often deep spiritual needs too. Local Christians want to reach out, but need our support. Your gifts will enable Samaritan’s Purse to respond promptly to these diverse and urgent needs in Jesus’ Name.