"The wind was really tearing us apart. It was so scary you’d poo yourself.”
Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 storm – the strongest cyclone ever recorded to hit this territory.
For the second year in a row, the congregation at the Lakeland synagogue is locked out of its sanctuary during the most sacred period of the Jewish calendar.
A truck full of kosher food sent from North Carolina after the hurricane first hit had been turned away by authorities because of dangerous road conditions.
About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in North and South Carolina and surrounding states.
But the hurricane's sheer size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for nearly a full day, according to weather forecasters.
The coasts of North and South Carolina are braced for a catastrophic storm surge as Florence, a Category 2 hurricane, comes ashore.
Houston one year after Harvey
IsraAID volunteers often act as coordinators, a skill cultivated in a country where teenagers are thrust into leadership positions in the army.
State and local efforts to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement have spread rapidly across the United States.