Hurricane Florence Tears Carolinas Apart
By Olivia Dudley
As the skies begin to clear, the damage of Hurricane Florence is being seen across the nation after causing distress throughout the month of September. Florence annihilated neighborhoods, destroyed power lines, and terminated the lives of over 40 people in the Carolinas.
Starting near the closing weeks of August as a tropical storm off the west coast of Africa, Florence grew in size and evolved into a Category 4 hurricane. Yet, showed no strange patterns of change until making landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on September 14th.
Drenching the southern regions of the United States in nearly four continuous days of rain, almost eight trillion gallons of rain, causing intense flooding throughout North and South Carolina. Many people have been left without power of habitable homes to stay in, as the wind knocked out power lines while the water filled homes to a disastrous level.
As of September 22, the National Guard and other federal response units continue working hard at distributing necessities such as food, water, blankets, and cots to provide aid to victims of Florence in the affected areas.
Due to moderately swift government response before Florence made landfall, the casualties of those in the targeted areas were lessened in comparison to that of Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Maria (2017), or Harvey (2017). Civilians were given enough warning to evacuate their homes and move further inland for avoid the worst of the damage. Unfortunately, people are slowly beginning to head home and assess the damage generated by Florence.
The community of Chinquapin in Duplin County, NC, is watching the water go down as its citizens slowly begin an attempt at returning to regular life after battling through modern day dark ages within the town. One helpful firefighter, Trevor Normile noted, “The only infrastructure that didn’t break in this county was the people.” While many are suffering in the Carolinas, residents are acknowledging it will take time to rebuild and return to some sort of normalcy. Many are reaching out to help in order to ensure the process moves as swiftly and smoothly as possible.
In an effort to help, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, has created a website to help raise money to assist in the efforts of healing the locations damaged by Florence. On the website, cares.nba.com, Jordan states, “It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas. The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet. Together with the NBA, we have launched a platform to aid those most impacted. Please join me, the Hornets organization and the NBA and donate to one of the local organizations assisting in the relief and recovery efforts. To all those affected, stay safe and know that we’re here to help.”