Florence’s Destruction

Victoria Myers, News Editor

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August 31, 2018, Hurricane Florence began to form in the Atlantic Ocean. Florence grew to be the first major hurricane of the 2018 season, and eventually came to be a category four hurricane.

Initially making landfall on September 14 near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Florence began its line of destruction. Florence had weakened to a category one hurricane; however, the wind speeds reached 90 miles per hour and the storm had grown larger, slowing its movement inland causing more destruction in its path. Along with the strong winds, the threat of flooding grew larger and larger as time went on. The flooding closed many roads in the Carolinas, this includes major freeways, as well as many secondary roads. In New Bern, North Carolina 150 people had to be rescued due to the severity of the flooding. Thousands of power outages plagued the region, some are still without power.

The storm eventually dissipated, but not without taking several lives. The current death toll is 51, and it could still rise in the coming days. Many animals that were left behind have died as well, this includes 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 pigs. Some domesticated animals were also left behind, but several are getting rescued. Damages as of now are estimated to be 98.5 billion dollars.