Hurricane Damage in Northern States Less Intense Than Predicted

Nina Khoshkish

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On September 14, 2018 at 7:15 a.m., Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm. As it travelled through the Carolina’s, it downgraded to a tropical storm, and eventually a tropical depression.


Four states had declared a state of emergency: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland.


But it seems two out of the four declarations were for nothing. Although it was predicted that Florence would be a Category 4 storm as it hits North and South Carolina, it made landfall as a weakened Category 1 storm.


Before the hurricane made landfall, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal areas.


“[Word of Florence downgrading to a Category 1 storm] prompted many people to cancel their evacuation plans.” (The New Republic) “[We] didn’t think it was actually going to be as bad,” officer Famous Roberts of North Carolina told the Associated Press.


However, damages were of Category 5 magnitude.


This also sparked concern for Maryland residents, who, according to different storm trackers, were supposed to get hit fairly intensely as well.


“Hogan said he has been tracking the hurricane’s path with senior staff, but there’s still uncertainty with its path.” (CBS Baltimore) “Florence is expected to make landfall south of Maryland, however the state could expect several inches of rain and flooding is possible.”


Wind speeds also started conversation of school cancellations throughout the state.


On March 2, 2018, wind speeds reached high levels and schools and offices began to close.


“Major public schools systems such as Montgomery County, Loudoun County, Arlington, Prince George’s County and Fairfax County announced early Friday that they would not be opening.

The Federal Government also announced that they would be closed Friday.” (WUSA9)

MocoSnow, who is known for his presence on Twitter for providing predictions and updates on delays and closures for Montgomery County Public Schools during the winter season, had something to say about Florence as well.


“The overnight runs are keeping the biggest impacts well to our south, so if things were to remain as they look now, I do not see an impact on schools.” (Via @MCPSsnow on Twitter)


However, the tropical depression provided northern states on the East Coast with thunderstorms, heavy rain, and tornadoes, all of which has caused these states less damage than what was predicted.

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