Disaster in the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence



Alexandra Garza, Academics/Fine Arts Staff

On September 4, 2018, channel 5WPTV’s weather report showed the 3rd hurricane of this season. This hurricane is known as Hurricane Florence and is considered to be a category 1 hurricane with the wind speed of 75m/hr. Florence is said to be the first major hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean this season. With Florence being the most powerful storm to hit the Carolinas since 29 years ago from Hurricane Hugo in 1989, it will be known as “Harvey of the East” because of the amount of damage made by Hurricane Florence.

How Florence was Born

Taken from SnapChat’s Stay-Tune News

Hurricane Florence was originally born as a tropical depression near the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical depression started to began moving northeast across the Atlantic. Low-density, warm air, and moisture from the surface of the ocean spun upwards into the middle of the storm system and on top. When the storm hits a higher pressured area, the warm air cools down and deposits its moisture as clouds before they sink back down towards the low-pressure area beneath the storm’s system. The storm would repeat this over and over again, creating kinetic energy just like a wind-up toy. As the energy level of the storm increase, so does the amount of air and moisture being spun in and out (the longer you wind-up the toy, the farther it goes). Thus, creating a strong, more powerful wind and rain. Eventually, the wind will reach a speed of 74 m/hr, creating the tropical depression into a category 1 hurricane.

Usually, the hurricane from the Atlantic will lose their energy over the ocean, but with Florence, that did not happen. Even after unfavorable wind conditions ripped the storm’s system apart around September 7, Florence did not behave like most hurricanes due to western winds. With the help of the western winds, Florence grew stronger causing the hurricane to be scaled as a category 4 the next day.

For a better understanding of Hurricane Florence origin click here to watch the video on the youtube channel “The Wild Report”.

Here’s what happen so far…

As Hurricane Florence makes its way to the coast of North and South Carolina, on Thursday, September 9, flooding began and millions of residents started to evacuate. Making landfall in the morning the next day (around 7:15 am EDT), Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas as a category 1 hurricane with the wind speed of about 90 to 100 m/hr. Around 2:40 pm it was announced that 4 peopled had died by Florence. According to the Snapchat news story “Stay Tuned”, North Carolina governor, Roy Cooper, gave a speech that revealed the 5th death and warned anyone that stayed to wait out the storm to evacuate before it’s too late. 100 of the residents lost power to the home and it is unknown when it will come back. Over the weekend there was already more than 100 water rescues has been reported in New Bern, North Carolina and as of today September 17, over 900 water residents was announced. While other areas have reached 20 inches of rain and more is expected. On Saturday, September 15, reports showed a total of 12 deaths due to fallen trees, drowning, damaged gas tanks, and power cords, etc. Today, at least a total of 23 deaths has been reported and still in counting. Air flights have been cancel for in and out of the U.S. near the Carolinas. On Friday, September 14, 904 air flights were canceled, 818  on Saturday, and 450 more on Sunday. Florence continues to cause damage in the Carolinas as a tropical storm and more sad news will be reported. Once the storm clears up, President Trump is planning to visit the victim’s homes and to help support the loses.

Florence vs. Harvey

With Florence being called “Harvey of the East”, it is fair to compare them to together. Last year, around the end of August to early September of 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the south coast of Louisiana- Texas border. Started as Category 4 hurricane that was 280 miles wide with winds speeds of 130 mph. After it made landfall it downgraded to a tropical storm. Harvey broke the US record of natural disaster after it made landfall from one storm. Dumping 51 inches of rain in some parts of Texas. Beaumont and Port Arthur had gotten 26 inches of rain, and by Sunday 27, 2017, it was reported that there are about 27 gallons of in rain in Texas. Making Houston the 4th largest US city remained underwater for weeks. It took weeks for all the water to drain out and making some place uninhabitable. Houston being flooded was terrible for Texas because it is our main supply of oil (gasoline). With that being heard, gas stations were running out of gasoline and prices were going up. With so much damage happened Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, brought in the entire Texas National Guard bringing a total of 12,000 guardsmen plus the “Cajun Navy” to help Texans. Losing about $75 billion and putting around 30,000 of residents in a temporary shelter, Hurricane Harvey is a great tragedy for us Texans. Texans are now building by the community and some still have no homes, and it is said that it will take years to recover from this disaster. Although hurricane Florence wasn’t as devastating, but it is still a great tragedy on the east coast of the United States.