In the Midwest we are used to unpredictable weather, but what would it be like to hear the words “Hurricane Warning” and decide whether to stay and ride it out, or leave all your belongings behind?
Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14th, at about 7:15 in the morning, in North Carolina. On August 30th, The National Weather Service had announced that there had been a potential cyclone forming in the Atlantic Ocean. It was determined that it had 48 hours before it turned into a tropical depression.
On September 1st, it developed into a tropical storm, and had been named Florence. Three days later on September 4th, Florence had developed into a hurricane with winds at 75 mph.
In the following days Florence went back and forth between a tropical storm and hurricane, leaving millions on edge and questioning what to do from there.
The National Weather Service had declared Florence a category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds at 140 mph. President Trump approved an emergency declaration for North Carolina and South Carolina. That allowed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to organize the disaster relief efforts needed.
By September 12th, Florence had become a category 2 hurricane, but it was large and approximately 195 miles in diameter.
Florence was slow moving, and eastern North Carolina saw flooding in the first 12 hours of Florence, leaving some areas with over 40 inches of rain.
Since making landfall on September 14th, 36 people have died, and that number is expected to rise as flooding continues.
President Trump arrived in North Carolina on September 19th, to determine what federal assistance was needed to help the Carolinas. Trump praised first responders and emergency workers for their efforts during the hurricane.
Florence has come and gone over the Carolinas, but it continues to rain and flood. Soon many will return to their homes and wonder where and what to do from there.