Edouard loses steam


Tropical Storm Edouard was losing momentum Thursday after strengthening earlier this week.

Edouard was expected to pour up to four inces of rain while he crosses the Florida Peninsula on his way to the western Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As Edouard approaches what is forecast to be a persistent area of disturbed weather, he has the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone. Forecasters will re-evaluate the storm when it arrives in that area.

If Edouard – or any other storm for that matter – tracks into North Carolina, are people ready?

Many are more prepared because of the burden they bore from Hurricane Floyd – but others are still recovering years later, according to disaster responders in that state.

Several long-term interfaith recovery groups were created in the wake of Floyd, and most are still in place.

The Wilson Interfaith recovery committee was one, according to Hazel Sorrell, executive director.

The group recently changed its name to the Interfaith Housing and Disaster Recovery to reflect a new disaster preparedness component of its work. Inadequate housing remains a top concern in eastern North Carolina because if another storm hits, many residents aren’t in storm-proof housing to begin with.

Fritz Wilson, Florida disaster relief director for North American Baptist Relief reported Thursday that there was some minor street flooding as a result of the tropical depression but that no response from his organization was necessary.

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