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Hurricane Florence Hits Hard

Photo courtesy of CBS News.

North and South Carolina were devastated by the tropical storm that ravaged through this past weekend. Most recently, the tropical depression has caused catastrophic flooding and rainfall in the south. Currently the majority of destruction is centered in North Carolina, where flooding is taking place. The National Hurricane Center has put out an advisory alerting the public that “FLORENCE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINS OVER MUCH OF NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA. FLASH FLOODING AND MAJOR RIVER FLOODING WILL CONTINUE OVER A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE CAROLINAS” (National Hurricane Center). With the rivers rising, the fear of floods is rapidly spreading through civilians, which in turn is causing their evacuations. The New York Times has reported that “[t]housands of people in the area were being evacuated from along the Cape Fear River. Local authorities predicted that at least 2,800 homes would be emptied by Sunday afternoon”(Blinder).The loss of homes is just the brink of devastation. The Washington Post has put out a statement reporting that “at least 14 [are] dead as a result of Florence” (Zezima).  This death toll is as of 12:00 pm on Sunday, September 16. Those who have lost their lives are reported of all different ages, with the three most recent deaths being carbon monoxide poisoning and car accidents. There have been alerts to stay off the road in light of these events. The storm is only predicted to get worse as the week advances, causing more major flooding and rainfall. The main concern for the state governments is to make sure all civilians remain safe in these times of disaster as North Carolina governor Mitch Colvin has said the storm “has never been more dangerous” (Zezima).