September is the month of hurricanes, but the most destructive this season is Hurricane Florence. Florence has flooded South and North Carolina and 1 million people were forced to evacuate. According to CBS, it has caused 17 to 22 billion dollars in damage and has killed at least 42 overall in the Carolinas and Virginia. Hurricane Florence has brought record-breaking amounts of rain.
Scientists say that climate change is a major factor of how big hurricane Florence has become. According to CNN, “Of the effects people are most certain of, such as increased rainfall and storm surge, Florence is a sobering example of how a warmer planet has worsened the impacts of hurricanes. ”Human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere create an energy imbalance, with more than 90% of remaining heat trapped by the gases going into the oceans, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association. The heat fuels storms of all sorts and contributes to heavy rain events and flooding.
On September 4, Florence became a Category 4 hurricane. The wind speed were estimated to be 140 mph. Hurricane Florence began moving north, flooding coastal towns and cities in North and South Carolina such as Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Myrtle Beach. The hurricane has caused damage beyond destroyed houses and crops. It has flooded sewage plants all across North Carolina, releasing millions of gallons of human waste. The storm has caused 8 tornadoes in Virginia. Seven of the tornadoes were spread across the Richmond metro area. The other tornado hit Mecklenburg County, near the North Carolina border, all on the same day. The strongest tornado leveled a flooring company in Chesterfield, killing a man who worked there. That storm packed winds of 120 miles per hour.
Several people in the C&C community have family and friends who live in places affected by Hurricane Florence’s merciless power and flooding. Gitana Savage, a XIII, has two grandparents, an uncle and a cousin who live in North Carolina. Gitana says, “I haven’t been able to contact my uncle and cousin...I hope they are ok.” Ann Roberts, the XIIIs teacher was in North Carolina over Rosh Hashanah weekend visiting her brother when she said she “was forced to evacuate” due to the mass flooding.
According to ESPN, many people have donated money including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who played high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan is donating $2 million to assist residents of North and South Carolina. The 55-year-old owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response. Hurricane Florence is still ravaging North and South Carolina but there are still people who are willing to donate to the cause of helping the victims of this devastating storm.
CBS, Carolinas work to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Florence. 9/24/18
ESPN, Michael Jordan donating $2M to Hurricane Florence relief. 9/24/18
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