US AGAINST THE ELEMENTS
Students, teachers consider
impact of Hurricane Lane, recovery process
Hurricane Florence recently hit the east coast of the United States, making landfall on Sept. 14 at 7:15 a.m. Hurricane Florence was a Cape Verde hurricane, meaning it was low latitude and passed over the Cape Verde islands in the deep tropics.
Meteorology teacher Mitch Kane said, “Hawaii is not actually that big, so it’s going to be picking up energy the whole time and dropping more moisture.” Florence dropped 35.93 inches of rain on the Carolinas and was the first major hurricane of the 2018 hurricane season. Thirty people died, and thousands are still displaced from their homes. Damages from Florence are estimated to be over $38 billion.
Relief efforts are still going on. Following the hurricane, Governor Eric Holcomb deployed the Indiana National Guard to aid with relief efforts in North Carolina, as was done after both Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Aside from Search and Rescue efforts, the National Guard is also providing a domestic response, working with live imagery and geospatial analysis to provide data to relief efforts.
In addition, the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is a government-run fund currently accepting contributions.
Students and teachers can also contribute to relief efforts in many ways. Aside from donating to well-known organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, students and teachers can donate to more local organizations like GlobalGiving and Cleaning for the World, which provide medical tools and equipment to areas affected by the Hurricane, providing both short and long-term relief efforts.
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