Aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence

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Aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence

Northwest High library suffers water damage from Florence.

Northwest High library suffers water damage from Florence.

Northwest High library suffers water damage from Florence.

Northwest High library suffers water damage from Florence.

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Florence hit land during the weekend; it fell from a Category 4 hurricane to a tropical storm.

“[Florence fell so quickly because] it moved very slowly over land,” AP environmental teacher Taryn Vanderpoel said.  “Once a storm hits land, it starts to lose intensity.”

The storm did bring predicted wind and rain to Greensboro, but some places were spared as the wind peaked at a mere 16 mph. However, in other areas of the Carolinas, the tropical storm hit hard.

The Northwest High School’s interior suffered.

“There is minor damage to the library,” media specialist Natalie Strange said. “The ceiling has water damage. Florence also wreaked havoc on the A/C system.”

People’s homes were also affected by the storm’s harsh elements.

“My house lost power for a few hours,” German teacher Oliver Ham said. “My basement flooded and a few trees fell down in my city, Asheboro.”

Senior Ruby Bradford’s basement also flooded one inch high.

“But Florence was not too bad for most Northwest kids in the Greensboro area,” Bradford said. “It was worse for other people.”

Families in Wilmington, North Carolina and much of coastal South Carolina suffered much more destruction.

“People living near the coast came home to flooded and damaged homes,” junior Shelby Lester said. “There was flooding inland about two and a half hours from the coast. Those students are out of school for about a week due to damages. I heard on the news that 23 people in North Carolina died, and even more are trapped.”

Some say that the storm caused more panic and worry than necessary for the residents of Greensboro.

“Florence was [slightly] over-hyped,” Vanderpoel said. “While it was still awful to some residents, it was not as intense as most people, [even professionals], thought.”

Regarding the school closures, however, Lester thinks GCS did the best they could in making those calls.

“We could have gone to school on Friday,” she said. “Though not Monday; it was good we stayed home due to flooding. After all, it is always better safe than sorry.”

Meanwhile, other storms are currently brewing off the coast, and hurricane season doesn’t technically end until Nov. 30.

“Let’s just hope [another storm] won’t happen again soon,” Ham said.

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