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Google to Match up to $1 Million in Donations to the American Red Cross During Hurricane Florence

The American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter is sending both volunteers and aid to provide assistance as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coast.

"They're doing everything from sheltering, feeding, planning", Holly Baker of the Red Cross-Chicago said. "We are equally proud to support the American Red Cross as they deploy to help the communities in this area that have been impacted by Hurricane Florence".

More than 20,000 people stayed in 200 Red Cross and community shelters Thursday night to escape the storm's wrath.

Hurricane Florence battered the Carolina coast on Friday, bringing heavy winds, drenching rain and "catastrophic" floodwaters to the region, and leaving at least three people dead.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide disaster relief immediately.

"I will be working mainly in shelters as a disaster specialist helping families with whatever their needs may be".

"So at sunrise tomorrow we'll be able to start on disaster recovery", Williams said. 17 people have been confirmed dead so far with thousands liable to be affected by the damaged caused by the storms as they eventually return home once the floodwaters have subsided.

You can also donate through the state's North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.

"I really am always just moved by the resilience in people", Ayers said. More than 890,000 homes were without electricity - a lot of them in North Carolina.

Local residents may help those affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, by calling 800-RED CROSS or by texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation. There is a critical need to platelet and type O blood donations.

If you want to help, Adams said, now is the time to apply.