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Hurricane Florence Put the East Coast in a Puddle

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By: Nicola Lasak and Janelle Clarke, News Reporters

Hurricane Florence racked up a storm this September.

As of September 13th, Florence approached the East Coast, particularly affecting Southern states such as the Carolinas, Georgia, Maryland, and Virginia.

According to Neil Jacobs, worker at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the complete landfall of the hurricane hit on Friday the 14th. Winds were predicted to be at about 80 mph.

Hurricane Florence was originally classified as a Category 4 storm, but was downgraded to a Category 1 storm.

Many families fled the area, while others were stuck in states that had cancelled more than 2,100 flights. According to the National Weather Service, the flooding to come from the hurricane was “catastrophic” for families and their homes.

Tidal flooding ad widespread power outages impacted citizens of the Carolinas as the first effects of the hurricane.

The storm brought with it heavy flooding that affected many areas. Wilmington, North Carolina experienced 27 inches of rain, while other cities underwent 30 inches of rain.

The hurricane caused at least 23 deaths, and as many as nearly one million people were left without power.

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