Washington September 29, 1998, 4:00 p.m. EDT -- Selected highlights of federal response activities following Hurricane Georges:
National Hurricane Center:
Georges has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but continues to plague the Gulf Coast with heavy rain and gusty winds. Some areas have received more than 25 inches of rain since yesterday. An additional eight to 15 inches are possible.
Gulf Local/State Operations:
In Florida, state officials are reporting 150 houses, including 75 houseboats, are destroyed; another 500 houses have major damage.
WASHINGTON September 22, 1998, 6:00 p.m. EDT - Based on National Hurricane Center predictions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida officials are bracing for the possibility Hurricane Georges may strike that state by the end of the week. Meanwhile, FEMA and island officials are assessing the damage the storm left on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Both Caribbean islands received emergency declarations on September 21; additional forms of federal aid will be determined as damage assessments are complete. So far, preliminary reports from the U.S.
WASHINGTON September 22, 1998 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), island officials and other federal agencies are beginning a recovery effort in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following damage left overnight by Hurricane Georges. Emergency declarations signed yesterday provide federal funding for recovery efforts even before disaster assessments are made.
Hurricane Georges, a strong Category II storm, made landfall on the U.S.
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OCHA Geneva Situation Report No.1
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National Weather Service Miami FL
Washington, Sept 21, 1998 -- President Clinton today moved to aid people in the hurricane-battered U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by ordering the immediate release of federal emergency resources to help meet basic human needs and protect life and property, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Washington, Sept 20 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today intensified federal mobilization efforts as Hurricane Georges drew closer to a potential strike on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In addition to regular briefings with the National Hurricane Center and FEMA advance teams and emergency management officials in the two threatened islands, the agency reported the following activities as part of the continuing federal response build up:
FEMA headquarters began 24-hour Emergency Support Team (EST) operations at 7 a.m.
Washington, Sept 20 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing to monitor and prepare for the approach of Hurricane Georges as it threatens the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.