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Northwest braces for Hurricane Florence

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Grocery stores run out of water as people prepare for the hurricane. It has also been difficult for consumers to find bread, crackers and even gasoline.

Grocery stores run out of water as people prepare for the hurricane. It has also been difficult for consumers to find bread, crackers and even gasoline.

Emma Fagerberg

Emma Fagerberg

Grocery stores run out of water as people prepare for the hurricane. It has also been difficult for consumers to find bread, crackers and even gasoline.

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Hurricane Florence is approaching the Southeast, threatening costly damage to property and lives. This Category 3 hurricane will be greatly destructive, even to the Triad that is further inland. Winds, currently at 120 mph, can destroy above ground power lines, and rain, predicted to rise over a foot, can cause flooding all throughout Greensboro.

“I’m scared,” junior Shelby Lester said. “I am most worried about the flooding and loss of power.”

This catastrophic event is predicted to hit land around Saturday.

While this disaster is bound to be terrifying, especially to those unaccustomed to hurricanes, there are steps that can be taken to stay safe.

“Fill bathtubs and washing machines with water,”  AP environmental science teacher Terry Murphy said. “If you have electric wells, this can help you with flushing. You can pour water into the toilet, and gravity will take over after that.”

Regarding financial advice, Murphy said, “Get some cash. If the power goes out around the county, credit cards will not work.”

He continued with tips involving food and cooking.

“Don’t buy perishable goods,” Murphy said. “It’s ramen soup time. Make a firepit in the backyard, or use propane tanks. Gas lines might still be up so use your grills.”

On living arrangements, Murphy said, “If you are a low lying area, evacuate Friday and Saturday to avoid flooding. If you live in a wooded area, don’t sleep upstairs on Friday night. You can go to hotels and shelters.”

Some are concerned about their power going out and wonder when it might come back. During outages, power tends to be distributed from the city outwards.

“Power will first be restored near emergency service areas and commercial areas such as hospitals, fire stations, and airports,” said Murphy. “Normally power will come back the first or second day in these places. If you don’t live near these places, it could take three or four days.”

However, not all Northwest students share Murphy’s desire for preparedness.

“I just hope [school] is canceled,” freshman Collin Andreza said. “I’m not really that [worried]. It is what it is.”

Even if the storm doesn’t bring catastrophic damage to the Triad, the flooding rains could still be detrimental.

“[People] should look at the weather app and make sure they protect their cars because the flood can pick it up,” junior Chantel Stalling said. “I am most worried about flooding as that can do a lot of damage on its own.”

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One Response to “Northwest braces for Hurricane Florence”

  1. Orion Banister on September 14th, 2018 9:02 pm

    Great first article of the year! Very helpful.

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