Hurricane Florence devastates thousands leaving mass destruction along coast

Major highways up and down the east coast have been ripped in half from Florence’s immense amount of rain and destruction.

Major highways up and down the east coast have been ripped in half from Florence’s immense amount of rain and destruction.

Claudia Huggins, Editor-in-Chief (Print)

Over the past few weeks, the name “Florence” has gotten heaps of attention it never saw coming. Along with crippling towns and desolating beaches, Hurricane Florence has left at least 23 dead as of 1 p.m. on Sept. 17, according to ABC News.

Hurricane Florence began its wave of destruction on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Atlantic Beach, N.C., as powerful winds and rain pelted piers, homes and towns. Prior to the storm’s arrival, evacuation zones were created in North and South Carolina to ensure the safety of the towns that were going to be hit by Florence. Although many citizens chose to evacuate, some did stay and chose to bear the storm in their homes.

After much upscale and fear of the approaching storm, by the same Thursday afternoon, the storm was classified down to a Category 2. Although that may have been music to the ears of citizens of North Carolina, the worst was yet to come.

Pictures began to surface on the internet and national news of the mass destruction caused by the hurricane. However, the pictures weren’t from the storm itself, but from the flood damage. Since the early morning of Sept. 17, floods and the damage done by the amount of rain is the real concern after Florence was lowered to a Category 1 storm.

“Everything is flooded and there are fallen trees everywhere. It’s really sad,” former student, Madison Petersen reported, who now lives in Leland, N.C. which is about 15 minutes from the popular city of Wilmington. Petersen is currently staying with a friend of her parents in Virginia.

Not only has Florence been affecting the Carolinas, but locally, the flooding has spilled over into New Sewickley and Freedom as well. Green Valley Park in New Sewickley, in particular, was underwater on Sept. 15 because of the overflow of the creek.

Aside from that, several students have reported flooded basements and backyards from the immense amount of rain these past weekends. Other places such as large farms are feeling the wrath of Florence. Chickens and pigs have been found dead after mass flooding and millions of crops are destroyed.

As of Sept. 24, after the hurricanes and tremendous amounts of rain locally, the aftermath is still being felt. In North Carolina, record floods are still affecting power outages, schools, and just day-to-day activities. Hurricane Florence is surely a storm to remember in more ways than one.