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Hurricane Florence Hits North Carolina Hard

Penny Ruiz, Writer

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Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, September 14 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

So far 37 people have lost their lives due to storm related incidents- 27 in North Carolina, 8 in South Carolina and 2 in Virgina. 343,000 people are still without power in North Carolina. Elizabethtown, North Carolina has received almost 36 inches of rain in only 4 days. The Cape Fear River crest at 62 feet on Tuesday.

Forecasters said that Florence has turned to a post-tropical cyclone that still carries heavy rain and winds. By Monday September 17 Florence’s winds hit a top speed of 25mph. Forecasters also say that catastrophic flooding will continue in the Carolina’s, flash flooding and tornado risks are to be expected as north as Pennsylvania.

So far Florence has caused an estimated billions of dollars in damage. An economic firm has released a statement that says Hurricane Florence may cause between $17 billion and $22 billion in lost economic output and property damage.

Governor Roy Cooper says that 16 rivers are at major flood stage on Tuesday with 3 more set to peak on Wednesday and Thursday.

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone and the families of the victims of this storm.

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