By: Jason Deng

Swirling winds came from Africa and brought destruction to North Carolina in its wake. These fatal winds started in September 2018 and the devastation and flooding it caused still continues on, even now. This  Category 2 hurricane has aroused the cautious spirits of the people of North Carolina as it has taken nine lives and has destroyed countless homes.

First of all, what is Hurricane Florence? Initially, Hurricane Florence developed near the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa. It traveled the Atlantic, intensifying into a Category 4 twice, and finally making landfall on  September 14 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. as a Category 1 hurricane. The winds reached up to 90 mph and North Carolina got record-breaking tropical cyclone rainfall (highest: 35.93 inches). Furthermore, there is also the fact that the majority of the population is without power, and the authorities are still making last-minute efforts to evacuate more people. Although, a couple of “hurricane holdouts” are staying put because of their “sense of duty to their homes”.

Even without its fatalities, Florence has caused serious damage to homes and roads. For example, it has flooded two interstates and destroyed countless homes with its ravaging winds. One destruction of a house at Wilmington, N.C. was caused by the collapse of a tree. The tree smashed the house and caused it to cave in itself, killing the mother and her baby. Once the news of the death was confirmed, a remarkably touching scene of a group of firefighters praying for the two victims was seen outside the house. The image of the firefighters, captured by NBC journalist Lester Holt, shows the relentless spirit of North Carolina even through tragedy.

Florence striked down North Carolina, but they will get back up just like how Texas persevered through Hurricane Harvey in 2017.