Hurricane Florence ravages the Carolinas

On September 14 at 7:15 a.m., Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a category two storm. Unlike most hurricanes, Florence did not lose significant power as it slammed into Wilmington. Instead, it carried this category two classification for almost two days as it dumped rain and wind onto the coast.

Governor Roy Cooper called for mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks and barrier islands of North Carolina on September 12, causing almost a million citizens to flee their homes. According to Spectrum News, the coastal town of Elizabethtown, North Carolina received almost 36 inches of rain throughout the storm. Raleigh did not get nearly as much as expected, as it only accumulated about seven inches of rain.

Although the storm was extremely devastating to those on the coast, it was not nearly as brutal as it was predicted to be. Originally, Florence was expected to hit the coast of North Carolina as a category four hurricane, similar to Hurricane Floyd or Hurricane Fran. Luckily the storm weakened on its path, but this did not spare the coast from the effects. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington evacuated and students have still not returned, as the bridge to the city was submerged.

According to WRAL news, the water levels are not supposed to return to normal until early October. Additionally, Florence has taken the lives of many North and South Carolinians, totaling to 36 deaths as a result of the storm.

Sanderson senior Sarah Grace Johnson stated, “my family was expecting the worst. We bought as much water as possible, and we almost filled our bathtub to ensure that we had enough water.”

This year, Sanderson’s Food Drive will need to raise enough food to support hurricane victims. If you would like to make donations, contact the Executive Council or ask Ms. Rhodes for information.