Hurricane Dorian Leaves Florida in Panic

Camden Barker, Staff Reporter

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Aline Reves

Hurricanes leave a path of destruction and chaos behind them

For the eastern coast of the United States, a devastating hurricane is sweeping through and leaving a path of destruction. Hurricane Dorian is an extensive tropical storm that has destroyed the Bahamas and is already on the path to the United States. Luckily for Oklahoma and Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy (ILCA), the only disaster that happened was a bit of rain and the humidity that follows. The death toll from hurricane Dorian is sharply rising every day while the missing person’s count is in the thousands. Hurricane Dorian is continuing to demolish and decay the homes of citizens and the lives of people. Unlike the Bahamas, Florida and the local citizens knew how to prepare for a hurricane of this size.

Aline Reves, a close family friend of science teacher Mrs. Ginger Hendricks, has lived in Florida for the past 20 years. Her close encounters with hurricanes have given her the experience and knowledge she needs to save the important items first.

“We got dry goods; things you can eat that didn’t need refrigeration. Then our refrigerator-we try to use all of the perishable food ahead of time,” Reves said.

With Reves being through different tropical storms, Dorian has been nothing compared to the preparation and previous storms that Reves has battled.

“There were four hurricanes that came through and two of them that hit us very close. The eye of the hurricane was just south of us 30 miles. We had a screening room and the hurricane just blew the screen away,” Reves said.

Drexel King, a senior at ILCA, has visited many states on the east coast one of them being Florida. Even with King living in Oklahoma his entire life, he knows what he would do when a hurricane is present.

“You just gotta get somewhere very safe, maybe like an underground bunker somewhere. It won’t stop it from damaging their property, but I would just try to hunker down and stay safe, ” King said.

Jennifer Hovis, a close friend of Mrs. Hendricks and the Speical Needs Coordinator at Battle Creek, recently took a vacation down to Florida when Hurricane Dorian was starting. The Hovis family was cut short of their vacation due to Hurricane Dorian.

“We expended a lot of mental energy on the storm and when it slowed to a near stop and the future direction was still so unclear, we were nervous about when and how it would affect our trip,” said Hovis who was scheduled to fly into Orlando on August 28 and out of Orlando on September 4.

With being stranded at the Disney theme park, the Hovis family were not worried at all. With employees and other Florida natives, they were instructed on what to do and how to prepare.

“We were staying in a Disney resort and we’d heard great things about them. Their building codes are higher than others in the area, so we felt we would be very safe sheltering in our room if we needed to. We began stocking up on snack items and drinks just in case. We’d also been told by a few people to fill our bathtubs with water before the storm just in case water was shut off,” Hovis said. 

Hurricanes are not something to be taken likely. Category five hurricanes (five being the strongest) have winds up to 157 miles per hour (mph) with the average duration of 12 to 14 hours.

Hurricanes are registered to be one of the most dangerous natural disasters to occur. Even with Hurricane Dorian now beginning to leave the United States en route to Canada, the people of Florida only have little time to prepare as Hurricane Jerry and Karen come winding through.

 

Photo Credit: Aline Reves