Hurricane Florence

Andrew Armstrong

“Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable,” poet Diane Ackerman said. This year, a hurricane named Florence tore through the eastern coast of the US and left a trail of damage in its wake.

The total cost of damages caused by Florence is currently estimated at more than $38 billion. It caused massive flooding that forced civilians to pack up and evacuate to safety. The floodwaters ruined countless homes, cars and other belongings in the process. Florence caused 500,000 people to go without power when it made landfall. Florence, sadly, caused the death of 45 people. Damage was done to the coastal towns, but something known by many more was also hit.

Florence headed towards Epic Games’ Headquarters located in Cary, NC, causing quite the concern to gamers about Fortnite’s servers staying up if the storm hit hard. Luckily, the servers suffered no damage, and the game kept running fine. Although the servers weren’t harmed, the HQ was hit by the hurricane, which suffered some damages to the exterior. The HQ may have been hit lightly, but the hurricane wasn’t light after it hit the east coast.

Florence touched down as a category one and grew in wind speed and diameter after hitting the coastal US. Hurricane Florence peaked at category four with wind speeds reaching up to 130 mph. The storm reached about 500 miles in diameter, which sets it larger than hurricane Katrina from 2005, though not as damaging. The eye of the storm was 35 – 40 miles in diameter. Florence brought nearly 36 inches of rain to a town in North Carolina, making it the wettest tropical cyclone in North Carolina’s history and the eighth-largest in continental US history.

The hurricane first formed on Aug. 31 and later dissipated on Sep. 19.