Hurricane Florence Hits

The first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season has formed about 2,000 miles off the east coast. Hurricane Florence, classified as a Category 4 storm, has sustained winds of 140 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. This storm hit the east coast of the US, primarily affecting North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland. Violent surfs, rip currents, high winds, and flooding were all results of the powerful storm. Hurricane Florence closely follows Tropical Storm Gordon, which recently hit the Gulf Coast. Although Gordon never quite reached hurricane status, the conditions created tornadoes; one fatality was recorded. Remnants of the storm have reached Ohio, causing heavy rains.

Florence’s strength fluctuated since its formation. It passed over Bermuda and its winds lessened to a Category 1 storm due to the subtropical jet stream, but it re-strengthened as it approached US shores; becoming a Category 4 storm. Florence missed Puerto Rico, which is still working to recover from last year’s Hurricane Maria. However, due to different conditions this time, Florence sets a precedent because of the high-pressure front on the east coast and northern Atlantic. As a result, Florence hit as far north as the New England area to as far south as Florida. Areas affected are still dealing with the consequences; in the Carolinas, nearly two weeks after the storm, floodwaters had not receded.

– Meimei Tannehill ’19

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