It would be great if we were able to post a story about how Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence was a complete miss or that the impact was much lighter than expected. Unfortunately as some know that is far from the case. Florence has devastated the Southeast primarily in the Carolina's and parts of Virginia.
Extreme flooding throughout the region has caused many to lose their homes, live without power, and sadly in some cases lose their loved ones. The quick facts of the Florence aftermath start with some areas experiencing as much as 35.93 inches of rainfall. The extreme flooding has caused 343,000 people to live without power and some to lose their homes. At least 37 people have died from the storm (27 in NC, 8 in SC, and 2 in VA).
Florence as many expected and experienced in the Southeast drove up gas prices by as much as 5 cents a gallon in some areas. The popular app “GasBuddy” reported that nearly 20% of gas stations in NC are without gasoline and roughly 9% in SC as well. However thanks to both state’s taxes they have managed to stay within the 10 cheapest states in the country for gas.
While the rainfall and winds may have finally come to a halt, the recovery and relief projects have much time to go. Some firms have estimated that Florence may result in $17 - $22 Billion in damages, and the work to restore people’s lives may take weeks to month. Organizations such as the American Red Cross, United Way, and the Salvation Army are taking donations and accepting the service of others to bring help to those in the affected areas of Florence.