Response Updates

Convoy Responding to Back-to-Back Atlantic Storms

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August 23, 2021 | 3 p.m.

Storm activity continued over the weekend as Tropical Storm Henri made landfall on the East Coast of the United States.

The storm lost strength as it made its way over Rhode Island. Nonetheless, Henri induced flash flood warnings for 11 million people and prompted President Biden to declare a state of emergency across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Convoy of Hope is in communication with partners on the ground and is well-prepared to respond accordingly. 

Moisture from Tropical Storm Fred continued on to Tennessee, dumping 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. The result was devastating amounts of flooding, which claimed at least 22 lives — damaging and destroying homes along the way. Convoy of Hope responded immediately by sending food, water, and relief supplies to partners in the area. Convoy will continue to work with local partners and equip them with resources as needed.

Tropical Storm Grace began to dissipate after making a second landfall in Mexico on Saturday. Teams are in contact with partners on the ground as they investigate damage and needs.

As the Atlantic hurricane season continues, Convoy of Hope will continue to provide help and hope to people affected by these disasters.

August 21, 2021 | 12:40 p.m.

The Atlantic hurricane season has formed several storms in quick succession in recent days and weeks, and Convoy of Hope is responding.

“As we enter into the busiest time of the year for hurricane activity, we are already seeing multiple storms develop,” said Stacy Lamb, Convoy of Hope’s Senior Director of U.S. Disaster Services. “Convoy of Hope stands ready to respond when storms like these strike.” 

Hurricane Henri, which recently gained strength and was upgraded from a tropical storm, is likely to make landfall near Long Island, New York, on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Fred recently made landfall along the Gulf Coast, then continued to dump rain on states farther north. Fred tracked across North Carolina, where devastating flooding destroyed entire communities and left at least 17 people missing. Convoy of Hope is currently providing vital relief supplies and will continue providing additional support if needed.

Hurricane Grace made landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane. Affected areas experienced power outages, heavy rains, and strong winds. Convoy of Hope is communicating with partners in the area and will respond with food, water, and relief supplies as needed. 

Previously, Tropical Storm Fred passed over Haiti shortly before a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island, bringing heavy rain and exacerbating the situation when Hurricane Grace (then a tropical storm) passed over Haiti a week later. Both of these storms continued to gain strength as they proceeded through the Gulf of Mexico. 

As the Atlantic hurricane season continues, Convoy of Hope is ready to provide hope in every storm. To contribute to Convoy, click here.

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