Hurricane Florence and South Carolina

Hurricane Florence and South Carolina

Feb 26

The September 2018 hurricane season devastated many coastal cities in the United States, including tourist attractions for South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster estimated that the storm system caused over $1.2 billion in damage to South Carolina alone, making it one of the most costly storms to hit the state in years.

Hurricane Florence originated around August 30th from the African coast, and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, picking up in speed and strength. The storm officially made landfall on September 14 as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale. While in the Atlantic Ocean, Florence had once been classified as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of over 130 miles per hour.

Though the hurricane’s strength had diminished by the time that it made landfall, the storm was still powerful enough to uproot trees, tear structures apart, and cause multiple feet of flooding across the Carolinas. In addition to significant flooding, Florence stirred two tornadoes, one of which touched down slightly northwest of Myrtle Beach.

Once the storm passed through and residents who had since evacuated began returning to assess the damage caused, many people found that their homes had been completely ruined by water or wind damage. Through assessing the damage done to their assets and filing a claim, renters, homeowners, and business owners began the long journey to recovering a piece of what they had lost.

Often after a storm, it takes a bit for the dust to settle to truly asses damage. Many guides were released to assist those affected as they attempted to figure out how much help that they needed. In the aftermath of serious storms and water damage a serious threat to people in toxic mold. Cleanup guides and efforts offered methods to deal with water-saturated structures to help minimize the possibility of mold growth. According to The Law Office of William J. Luse dizziness, burning eyes, memory issues, and vertigo can all be indications of toxic mold poisoning.

Like victims affected by many of the other hurricanes in recent history, South Carolina businesses and residents alike have been left under-resourced and financially burdened by Hurricane Florence. Governor McMaster requested $540 million dollars in federal aid to deal with the effect of the storm. Of this money, $18 million was requested from the Federal Highway Administration, $300 million from a disaster relief fund, $125 million for South Carolinian farmers, $165 from the National Flood Insurance Program, and $80 million from the Small Business Administration.

Though hurricanes Florence and Michael were the only storms from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season to reach Category 4 classifications, the total damage caused by all of the storms to the affected areas totaled to about $33.3 billion in damages.