We had Bruce Deifik, owner of the Ocean Resort Casino on the show tonight to talk about what compelled him to offer free accommodation to Hurricane Florence evacuees. Listen in the KFI player below!
If you've been listening to the show this week, you'll know that we've been covering former hurricane and current tropical storm Florence.
While there was a bit of "fire and brimstone" end of the world anticipation leading up to Flo's landfall yesterday (God knows it wasn't from us!), she fortunately fell short of all those doom n' gloom prophecies.
Don't get me wrong, it's been a doozy of a storm. Winds exceeded 100 mph. Latest reports say 5 have been killed and there are over 700,000 without power.
Carolina residents were told to evacuate, and while some paid heed to the warnings, others did not.
But pride isn't stopping everyone from doing the right thing. Enter the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City: a $2 billion remodeling / re-imagining of the bankrupted "Revel" Hotel at the northern tip of the boardwalk.
More specifically, enter Bruce Deifik: owner of the Ocean Resort Casino, because HE was the one the who made the decision to open the hotel's doors to Florence evacuees:
The Ocean Family welcomes #HurricaneFlorence Evacuees from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia! Ocean Resort Casino will be providing somewhere safe, warm and dry to those impacted by Hurricane Florence at no cost. #TheOceanAC— Ocean Resort Casino (@TheOceanAC) September 13, 2018
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Evacuees themselves were quick to take advantage of the offer, and Ocean received an overwhelming response of people in need of shelter. The project was SO successful, however, that all rooms were booked until next Sunday!
🚨 HURRICANE FLORENCE— Ocean Resort Casino (@TheOceanAC) September 13, 2018
ACCOMMODATIONS UPDATE 🚨
Due to the overwhelming response, we are sold out through Saturday 9/15. However, we will be able to offer rooms Sunday 9/16 through Thursday 9/20. Rooms can be booked by calling 1-866-50-OCEAN.
"Hurricane" Florence was downgraded to Tropical Storm Florence on Friday afternoon, but the storm will remain a dangerous threat for days to come.
That's because Florence will still drop an incredible amount of rain in the coming days - forecasters say Florence will drop as much rain in three days as Hurricane Dennis and Hurricane Floyd dropped in two weeks.
In total, the storm is forecast to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland. That's as much water as there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay, or enough water to cover the entire state of Texas with nearly four inches of water.
North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons of rain, enough to cover the state in about 10 inches of rain.
So far, there have been 4 deaths reported due to the storm, including 1 infant.
Read more over at AccuWeather.