Florence Sweeps In

Rebeka Ewusie

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Hurricane Florence made its unexpected descent into the southeastern United States, primarily North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida in early September. It has already uprooted many from their hometowns. Thankfully, the storm has died down to Category 1 (CNN), but is still causing loss of life and property damage.

According to Clark Mindock in his article for the Independent, some people are even fleeing to Disney World in Florida to avoid more heavy rains and possible life-threatening damage. Thirty two people have died in the Carolinas since the storm began, and many more are stranded, waiting for help or simply choosing to stay put and wait for the storm to end. Trees, gas pumps, and electrical wires have fallen in many places, causing houses to cave in; it has raised the possiblity of electrocution, and a sense of danger. One of the main causes of fatalities in affected areas is when people try to cross or navigate large bodies of floodwater.

Another source of intensity lies with food and supplies. People are emptying the shelves of their city’s grocery stores; Alan Blinder wrote that they “lined up by the hundreds..for free food, water, and tarps.” (New York Times) People are also being encouraged to “fill bathtubs and containers with water,” as written by Holly Yan, Susannah Cullinane and Kaylee Hartung (CNN). This is done in case water becomes scarce and a possible source of contamination.

Even though Maryland is generally experiencing windy, rainy days, it has also played a small part in helping affected states get the help they need. Steve Almasy, Jason Hanna, Faith Karimi and AnneClaire Stapleton wrote in an article that “One team from Maryland helped with about 40 rescues in New Bern.”(CNN) Power trucks are already moving towards Wilmington, North Carolina to aid areas that are flooded and damaged.

Hurricane Florence seems to be slowing down, but the aftermath is still visibly and internally felt. People have lost their lives, their pets, and their homes to the hurricane, and people are waiting for it to finally cease.

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