In its bid to reduce the devastating effect of Hurricane Florence, Pentagon has deployed two amphibious warships to provide disaster relief and carry out search and rescue operations.
The ships are USS Kearsarge and USS Arlington.
In the coming days, no fewer than 7,000 troops would be in operation in response to Florence which caused the disastrous flooding in North and South Carolina, the U.S. Department of Defense has said.
Pentagon said apart from the Federal Emergency Management Agency state and local responders, U.S. Northern Command, the National Guard and military services were also doing much to help solve the problem.
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The National Hurricane Center said Florence’s centre was about 75 kilometre west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 45 kilometre northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Accoriding to Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northcom Commander, different facilities had been positioned to surround the storm.
“We have quite literally surrounded the affected area with (Defense Department) capability that will be critical in hours and days following the storm’s impact,” O’Shaughnessy said.