Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Help is on the Way

Help is on the Way

Hurricane Florence

Bucket trucksThe call has gone out for workers and support to head to the coast to prepare and assist communities with one of the biggest storms of the century. While I was traveling east along I-40 toward Knoxville for the Tennessee Realtors Convention, I passed convoy after convoy of bucket trucks and electrical service vehicles on the way to offer assistance. 

It is wonderful how various states have pitched in sending workers that are willing to leave their families to go help with the impending disaster. The trucks I saw were from Mississippi.

Hurricane Florence has caused evacuations from Georgia to VA and Maryland. The Outer Banks are a major concern. The rain is expected to be 25 to 30 inches causing coastal and inland flooding which will be combined with very high storm surges. The storm is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday with some saying it could be a Category 4 storm at landfall.

When I arrived at my hotel, the parking lot was full of electrical service trucks and not the same ones I saw on the road. In the lobby they had crates full of their tools that they had brought in to protect from theft and stay safe. I expect them to load up and be gone in the morning.

Godspeed and stay safe.


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Comment balloon 17 commentsDebbie Reynolds • September 12 2018 03:12AM


Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

I'm so glad to hear there is help in place heading to the coast.. Hurricane Florence is on the war path and is going to be a big one. Prayers for everyone.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 6 months ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds it's good to see that the trucks will be in place and ready to help.... they say power will be out for a week+... thoughts and prayers for all...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie. Recent announcements about the movement of Florence is raisng the cause of concern. Stay safe and go west!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Many lives will be changed by the severe impact of this hurricane.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

I hope everyone will be well prepared. Stay safe. I hope it will not cause much damage

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

My grandson and his wife are stationed in NC but are safely evacuated and home here in TN.  Now they are praying that their house is still in one piece when it is over with.  Prayers for all of those affected and all those that will be helping with the aftermath.

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) 6 months ago

Debbie, nice to see help from others states banding together to be prepared to help.  This hurricane looks bad.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Debbie, I pray for those that are helping with the storm, a dangerous job and so admirable. We were set to go to the Outer Banks on Saturday and it's scary to think the house we normally stay in may be gone after the storm. Just praying for all those that will be affected, it sure doesn't look good.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 6 months ago

It's always gratifying to see all the resources that mobilize to help others in need.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Hi Debbie... always amazes me how these workers manage to arrive in such an efficient way to get power up and running again. One million people are on the roads in the Carolinas to get away from the coast lines... amazing when you think about it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Debbie- this is the spirit of America that I love. And yes, let's give a cheer to those who will be out trying to get power back up to the many who will need it. I know that after the hurricanes here and even during the hurricanes, the power company has crews working hard. I hope that Florida will be sending help up north in return for the help we have always received. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

It is always good to know that help is on the way, I pray that everyone will stay safe through this storm.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie. I think that people are generally good and care for one another.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 6 months ago

So many natural disasters happening all over the world; I hope Florence doesn't do much damage and there are no hurricane-related deaths. When we went through the hurricane-Lane-turned-tropical-storm in Hawaii, some people were actually upset the hurricane didn't do damage on the Kona side when they were so prepared. Go figure. What would have been better? To have damage?

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) 6 months ago

Debbie it is good to here there is that much help headed for the coastal areas.  This is shaping up to be a nasty storm, so much help will be needed.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 6 months ago

Debbie this is what makes our country so great. We always willing to step up and hlep our our fellow citizens when they're in need. And it sure sounds like the folks in NC, SC etc are going to need A LOT help - and prayers.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 6 months ago

Hi Debbie

It is definitely a worrisome time but wonderful to hear all the stories about people helping people get prepared, and various community, state and government resources being made available in preparation for this nasty storm. Hopefully it will not be as bad as predicted, but it sounds pretty awful and it won't be over quickly.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 6 months ago