Helpful Apps to Download Before Florence Hits

posted by Alie Davila - 

Hurricane Florence intensified into a Category 4 around midday on Monday and continues to strengthen on a path to the East Coast of the United States.

On Monday, the National Hurricane Center is warning that Florence is likely to strengthen to 150 mph just before landfall later this week.

Here are some helpful links and apps that you should download in advance of the storm:

Radio

When Florence hits, we'll be here for you. Download the iHeartRadio app to stay up-to-date on all Hurricane Florence news in the area.

Airports

To check on the status of airports, click here.

Gas

For gas availability, click here at GasBuddy.

Wi-Fi

For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, click here at Xfinity.

Traffic

For traffic slowdowns or wrecks, road closures and other real-time traffic issues, go to Waze.

Hotel information

To find a hotel room, see expedia.com

More on weather

For live weather coverage in the Carolinas, get the WSOC weather app.

If you need more information about weather, public alerts, shelters, forecasts and more, go to Google.org’s crisis maps.

If you need a money transfer or storm tracking apps, try the "Stay Safe After the Hurricane” collection.

Miscellaneous

Other hurricane apps are available from a collection at the Google Play store.

Zello: This app became popular during Hurricane Irma last year. Zello can convert your phone into a sort of walkie-talkie or two-way radio. You must have a WiFi connection to use it. You can instantly send voice messages or photos.

Red Cross Apps: There are several apps hosted by the Red Cross including first aid apps for humans and pets. A Red Cross app also downloads information to your phone so you can access it even when cellphone towers are down.

Facebook Safety Check: You can mark yourself safe on this Facebook app to let family and friends know you are OK. You can also check on your family and friends.

ICE Standard: The ICE Medical App lets you put your emergency medical contact Information on a smartphone. 

Nextdoor: Nextdoor connects you with people in your neighborhood.

Life360: If you are evacuating, this app can let family and friends know where you are. Life360 will track your movements and automatically send texts to those you chose to share that information with. 

Visit WSOCTV.com for the full story. 

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