‘It’s not like a hurricane’: How Hurricane Irma is turning back the clock on food
“We had been in business for 30 years, and I never thought that I’d see this,” said Karen Stump, owner of Stump Kitchenaid in North Carolina.
“It was a surprise.
The weather’s so bad.”
Stump is not the only one who was shocked to see the storm surge.
Several restaurants in the Carolinas and Florida also were flooded by storm surge, and the National Weather Service says the National Hurricane Center is predicting more storms and rain in the region.
The National Weather Center also issued a flood warning for parts of the Carolines southern coast, warning people to “be prepared for flooding.”
“There’s a lot of people, and they are very resilient,” said Michael Tulloch, the executive director of the National Flood Insurance Program.
“We’re seeing some of those people now.”
Tulloch says people should “be ready to be in the water” in some places, and there is no set timeline for when the flood insurance will kick in.
The program has been activated in the past for other hurricanes, such as Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Andrew.
Tulloz says people can also call the National Insurance Crime Hotline at 1-800-424-8477 to get help if they’re in an immediate need of cash or goods.
The National Weather Bureau predicts that a tropical storm with sustained winds of 130 mph or higher will move inland over the eastern seaboard this weekend.