York Red Cross ready to help with hurricane relief

Margarita Cambest
  • About 200 York County Red Cross volunteers are ready to respond for disaster relief when needed.
  • Central Pennsylvania should be spared from any major effects of Hurricane Matthew.
  • A front is expected across Pennsylvania on Saturday, producing showers from Friday night to Saturday morning and leaving behind cooler, fall-like temperatures.

Central Pennsylvanians should be spared from any major effects of Hurricane Matthew, but about 200 Red Cross disaster relief workers from York County are ready to deploy when needed.

Josh Sweat, a butcher at the BiLo grocery store, moves a shopping cart return rack during storm preparations for Hurricane Matthew, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Darien, Ga.  The hurricane picked up steam as it closed in, growing from a Category 3 to a Category 4 storm by late morning.  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

American Red Cross of South Central PA director Matt Leininger said 10 emergency responders from central Pennsylvania and two emergency response vehicles have headed down to the Carolinas in anticipation of the storm’s aftermath. The rest remain on standby, ready to help with disaster relief at a moment’s notice.

Overall, the Red Cross has shelters, more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles standing by in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“It certainly looks like there’s going to be an opportunity for more folks to deploy,” Leininger said Thursday afternoon.

According to The Associated Press, the hurricane grew from a possibly devastating Category 3 storm to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 by late Thursday morning. About 2 million people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were told to head for safety, and interstate highways were turned into one-way routes to speed the exodus.

National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Evanego said most predictions show the Category 4 hurricane hugging the southeast from Florida up to South Carolina. From there it’s expected to weaken and head east or potentially turn back south.

Beyond that, Evanego said, it’s anyone’s guess what the storm will eventually do.

“At this point, it doesn’t look like central Pennsylvania will have any direct impact, but it’s something to keep an eye on,” he said Thursday afternoon.

A front is expected across Pennsylvania on Saturday. Combined with moisture from Matthew, it’s expected to produce showers from Friday night to Saturday morning and leave behind cooler, fall-like temperatures for next week.

Rain is expected starting Friday night and into Saturday, according to AccuWeather, with a high of 68 and a low of 50. Sunday should be pleasant with mostly sunny skies, highs in the 60s and a low around 43 degrees.