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Stranded residents hunker down as Florence hammers NC
As Hurricane Florence hammers North Carolina's coastline with relentless rain and wind, first responders are scrambling to rescue residents who didn't heed evacuation orders and are now stranded in their homes, cars and even on rooftops amid rising floodwaters.
About 200 residents in the coastal town of New Bern have been rescued so far and were taken to shelters. Another 150 are awaiting rescue as the dangerous Category 1 hurricane moved ashore early Friday morning, according to New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.
"It's very unsafe. I immediately spoke with the police chief and we decided we need a 24-hour curfew," Outlaw said in an interview on "Good Morning America."...
There is the concept of liberty, CJ. The government cannot just throw a person out of his or her house.
That said, NC gets hit by hurricanes pretty often and the residents have a feel for what usually happens. The problem is that this one isn't the usual.
The Lord has made this one particularly damaging for His purposes and His glory. I would not jump to conclusions regarding national, regional, or state sin, for no part of the nation is truly righteous. "All have signed and fallen short of the glory of God." If anything, this kind of disaster should call all of us with our neighbors to repentence and faith in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for these hard hit areas, especially for the safety of those still there but also the property, businesses, infrastructure, and churches. We know many people who are dramatically affected at this time. May the Lord be with them.