As East Coast communities brace for the impact of Hurricane Florence, Lowe’s continues to closely monitor the track of the storm as well as prepare to assist those who need it most – before, during and after the storm.
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday morning. By the time the storm reaches the shore, experts expect the storm to be Category 3 or higher, which could bring winds over 110 mph.
Lowe’s Emergency Command Center in Wilkesboro, North Carolina officially activated for the storm on Sunday, September 9. Command Center employees in Wilkesboro and at the company’s headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina are working around the clock to get critical supplies to stores in the impacted areas.
Lowe’s has shipped more than 325 truckloads of supplies to areas expected to see major impact from the storm. Shipments include emergency supplies such as generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, chainsaws, trash bags, gas cans and tarps. The Command Center is working in conjunction with many of its supply chain operators and widespread networks of distribution centers across the country.
As Florence approaches, Lowe’s will continue to evaluate the weather and adjust inventory levels as needed to meet the needs of local communities. All store locations are equipped with emergency backup generators and can quickly reopen when it’s safe after the storm and/or power outage.
Visit Lowe’s website for more information on preparing a storm kit, tips on how to operate a generator, how protect windows and doors and a list of recommend tools and supplies.
The Emergency Command Center was created in 1989 in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, which caused more than $7 billion worth of damage in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.