Credit unions across the Southeast were buckled down Friday as Hurricane Matthew hit Florida and began heading north.
As of Friday afternoon, the Category 3 storm was pummeling Florida’s coast, slowly heading north and expected to wreak havoc throughout the weekend. At 1 p.m. (CT) Friday, Matthew was 40 miles east-southeast of St. Augustine, Fla., and 60 miles southeast of Jacksonville Beach, the National Hurricane Center said. It was whipping 115-mph winds and moving north-northwest at 12 mph.
The League of Southeastern Credit Unions reported at least 45 credit unions closings in Florida as of 1 p.m. CT Friday.
“So far no needs have been reported as far as catastrophic damage,” said Kim Gay, LSCU director of communications. “We expect most of the damage to be in the Jacksonville area where the storm seems to be bearing down right now. We’ll know more as the weekend progresses.”
The Carolinas Credit Union League said on its website it is fielding reports of closings and preparing to support any credit union facilities, staff and volunteers affected by the storm.
“The Carolinas Foundation is prepared to distribute resources to disaster-stricken members of the credit union movement,” the league said on its website. “It also is ready to receive contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund, which has provided more than $1.02 million in aid since its establishment.”
CUNA Strategic Service partner Agility Recovery is supporting credit unions and their members in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. “Many Agility members are pre-deploying assets, particularly generators and fuel, to staging areas just outside the areas that are expected to be impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” said Scott Teel, Agility vice president of marketing.