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Florence and the Floods

How has Florence affected North and South Carolina?

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Florence and the Floods

Amanda Swank, Editor-in-Chief

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Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, September 14th leaving death and destruction in her path. Although the storm has passed, North and South Carolina are still feeling its effects. Over 500,000 homes and businesses are still without power in NC, and 800 in SC were left without power.

Sean Rayford
Floodwaters inundate a church after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Conway, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Having received over 36 inches of rainfall, people are discouraged from returning to their homes in North Carolina, as the Cape Fear River is expected to crest at 62 feet on Wednesday. Governor Cooper of NC addressed the people on September 22nd, “To the approximately 10,000 people staying in our shelters and the countless more who are staying with friends and families or in hotels, I know it was hard to leave home and it’s even harder to wait,” Cooper said. “Please … do not try to return home yet.”

By September 22nd, 44 people have died in Florence-related situations. The flooding left in South Carolina is still dangerous, so the death toll may still grow.

Rising sea-levels is one of the most significant signs of climate change. A sea-level research project conducted by the First Street Foundation discovered that the 1-in-5 of the homes impacted by the storm surge along the East Coast wouldn’t have been affected as badly if the sea-levels had not significantly risen since 1970. The report also explained that future storms will only bring more severe flooding. The moisture caused by Florence is also responsible for creating tropical storms Leslie and Kirk in the Atlantic Ocean.

The higher demand for new vehicles after many cars and trucks had been damaged has also driven up used car prices. The chief economist with Kelley Blue Book has estimated that 20,000 to 40,000 vehicles will be destroyed due to the storm. This number is expected to rise as people begin to return to their homes after the flood waters have receded.

If you want to help the victims of Hurricane Florence, you can donate in the links below:




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