Hurricane Victims staying at home by Choice

Nisha Jha

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North Carolina was recently hit by Hurricane Florence and now Charleston, SC. Suburban Streets look like overflowing rivers, and winds are snapping and howling wildly. Susannah Cullinane and Cassie Spodak from CNN, that 18 people have already been killed.. However, many are staying home in the midst of natural disaster. Why?


NPR writer Amanda Morris interview Randy Wood and Marilyn Cullison. Wood has been through 16 hurricanes and has stayed each time. Wood claims that he simply just used to the storm but does say “It’s so slow. Most hurricanes are one day, or they come overnight and then they’re done,” Wood later adds that he lost power on thursday but he’s still hopeful. He goes to his neighbors house for dinner everyday with other people who have stayed on their street. However, Cullison isn’t as cheery. Staying put has resulted in her being trapped in her home with her husband and 2 dogs, a cat and five of their neighbors. Cullison says “You’ll hear something hit the side of the house and you’re like, what was that?” she said. “We found out the next day that it was shingles flying off from the next house. But it’s an unsettling feeling. If you decide to stay in the storm, you have to be able to quell your own anxiety.“


Meghan Keneally From ABC news interviewed 70 year old Joyce Boucino, who lives a block and a half away from North Myrtle beach with her husband.  She claims that she didn’t leave because of her pets, her 2 dogs and cat were far too precious and that her cat just gave birth 6 kittens.  And that they are like her children “and you don’t leave your children behind”. Keneally also interviewed Rhonda Heath who is 54 and lives about 150 miles from North Bern, North Carolina. Heath has the same problem, except even more animals! She has 3 dogs, 2 cats, a horse and birds that she owns alone, as well as other animals that she’s fostering until the storm passes. “Their lives are just as important as mine and they deserve a chance” Heath says


David Zucchino, Alan Blinder and Jack Healy from The New York Times wrote “All 100 counties in North Carolina had at least one type of National Weather Service alert, from a flash-flood warning to a hazardous weather outlook, in effect for Sunday or the days ahead. Rain was expected to continue in parts of the state until Tuesday, but flooding on some rivers would last longer, and may not ease until the end of the week.” They also interviewed Mitch Colvin, the Mayor of Fayetteville, N.C.. Colvin says “It’s horrible (our town) Is deteriorating.Get out as soon as you can”

When I asked Yohana Jirate, a sophomore at Northwest used to live in North CArolina for two years. “I’m worried for all my friends who still live.There are some people there, who are staying because they are close to the hurricane but no close enough to evacuate.” When I asked her if  she thinks they did the right thing (to stay) . “No, I think it was really stupid” She says.

The hurricane came through catching many people off guard, but the question still remains. Do you risk your own life or do you leave as soon as you can?

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