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Florence Does Damage to Carolinas

David-Jared Matthews, Reporter

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NEWSROOM – Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina hard earlier this month, as a Category Five storm.  The damage was extensive

Florence left thousands fleeing their residences and evacuating from the Carolinas for safety.  Although some Carolinians made the decision to stay in their homes, many were left without power, according to sources close to this reporter.

Those who decided to stay were left scrambling to stock up on food, water, and other essentials necessary to survive.  However, stores down south and companies were caught price gouging necessities and, according to Business Insider, state officials received approximately 500 reports of this illegal practice.

According to Raleigh’s Fox affiliate, 44 people were killed in total; one of which was an infant who got swept away from his mother’s arms by floodwaters.  In another case, a tree fell on a family’s home killing the mother and infant son and severely injuring the father.

Florence left severe flooding in the Carolinas and with up to three feet of water.  Due to the flooding, travelers were told to go around North Carolina instead of taking the highway which was completely flooded.

When a family friend (of this reporter) and North Carolina resident was asked about the storm he stated after three days with no power, “We finally got electricity and now the cleanup begins.”

Hurricane Florence is said to have left a larger impact than hurricanes that have hit the Carolinas in the past.  There will be a long recovery, with loved ones killed and injured, towns underwater, and houses and buildings destroyed.

To help you can donate to the American Red Cross, the group primarily helping to provide food and shelter to many who have been affected by this treacherous storm.

Story by David-Jared Matthews, Reporter

Edited by Ted Frascella, Editor-in-Chief

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