The brutal impact of Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence recently bashing its way through the Carolinas, it’s important to acknowledge just how devastating this storm has been for those who have been impacted by it.

Here are some stats:

  • “At least 37 people have died in storm-related incidents — 27 in North Carolina, 8 in South Carolina and 2 in Virginia.
  • 343,000 people are without power in North Carolina.
  • As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Florence was a post-tropical cyclone. It was located about 105 miles west-northwest of New York City with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
  • Floodwaters have damaged farmer’s crops at harvest such as cotton and peanuts in North Carolina.
  • A quarter to a half of tobacco crops were damaged in North Carolina.
  • There are approximately 343,000 people who are still without power in North Carolina.
  • The Cape Fear River is set to crest at 62 feet Tuesday.
  • Nearly 36 inches of rain has fallen over Elizabethtown, North Carolina, CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN-TV reports. Other towns have seen roughly 30 inches since Thursday.”

A significant amount of livestock was also killed in Florence’s wrath. Approximately 3.4 million poultry birds were victims of the storm in North Carolina, reported by the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Roughly 5,500 pigs were also killed.

I’ve seen footage of the flooding in the Carolinas, as I’m sure many of you have. It’s positively astounding, and I cannot even begin to fathom what the residents of impacted areas are experiencing both mentally and physically, and further emotionally.

Reports have been issued of relief efforts, including those of Operation BBQ Relief, an organization based in Missouri providing food to victims. Michael Jordan is also donating 1 million to the American Red Cross, and another million to the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

Officials in North Carolina have stated that although the worst of the storm has passed, flooding continues to be a detrimental threat, with potential for it to worsen in certain regions.

Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers.

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