Hurricane Florence takes the Carolinas by storm

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Hurricane Florence takes the Carolinas by storm

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence reached land in North Carolina on September 14th, topping out as a category 4 hurricane and a “1000 year” event rainfall.

The floods of Hurricane Florence are what scientists call a “1000 year” event, meaning it has a chance of happening only once every thousand years. In it’s time on land, Hurricane Florence has rained 8 trillion gallons of water in North Carolina alone. 42 people have died in these massive amounts of rain and thousands in the Carolinas have been forced to evacuate their homes.

While the hurricane has weakened and rainfall has almost completely halted, many residents cannot return to their homes due to the concern that rivers are likely to overflow. The Waccamaw River is of biggest concern as it is predicted to overflow and runs through both North and South Carolina.

Additionally, a multitude of farm animals and coal were swept by the flood, contaminating the water and endangering the health of residents.

Similar to other natural disasters such as the wildfires in California earlier this year, people from across the nation are sending their help to the Carolinas. President Donald Trump promised to pay for the recovery process with federal money, which was calculated to be an estimated $22 million.

 

Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, donated $2 million himself, and the Charlotte Hornets are preparing 5,000 boxes of basic necessities and clothing for shelters. The NBA is also taking action, selling T-Shirts reading “Carolina Strong” and selling them to raise funds.

To help the victims of Hurricane Florence, you can donate to the Red Cross, an organization which is helping to shelter victims, or visit the link for more ideas:  www.npr.org.

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