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Hurricane Ophelia Really Comes Down

Hurricane Ophelia, a category 3 storm risk flooding in the Northeast over the weekend
Ed Murray
These NJ houses continue to become flooded

Imagine an 115 mph hurricane raining over your weekend. Well the people along the east coast sure did. Hurricane Ophelia came and drenched all of Virginia to New Jersey and some were here for it and others weren’t.

Almost 50,000 people were out of power at the peak of the storm. In places like New Jersey some were heavily affected. From flooded roadways while driving to submerged sidewalks. 

Well here’s what some have to say about the hurricane. “I think hurricanes are bad and ruin things” says Wayne hills student Arianna Marte. She says “now that the weather is better i’m going to be in a better mood, be able to go outside and hang out with friends.”  Ophelia had a major impact on people’s plans and their moods during this previous weekend.

Though others have a different intake on the storm and how it affected them. Junior Chelsey Fernicola says “Personally I love when it rains, rainy days are my favorite.” She says “I like scary weather but some hurricanes get me mad.” Some people take the rain as a relaxing day to stay in and distress but the effects of the hurricane on people tend to upset them.

Hurricanes tend to come the worst from August to October. In October of 2011 Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey and caused about $1 billion of damage to 200,000 homes and buildings. August to September is where 60% of all storms form. Superstorm Sandy (2012), Hurricane Katrina (2005), and Harvey (2017) are some of the most destructive hurricanes that caused economic impacts totaling over $434 billion.

Even though 15 hurricanes have hit NJ since 1850 there is said to be many more coming along. Especially that a new tropical storm named Philippe brewed in the Atlantic.





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