Tropical Storm Nicole has taken her toll

In World News on October 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

By: Courtney Harrington

In the past weeks, Tropical Storm Nicole flooded many areas along the east coast. Photo courtesy of Bing images

            In the past weeks, a tropical depression formed in the Caribbean. Soon after, it was named “Nicole.” The maximum winds of the depression were 35 mile per hour while it was forming in the ocean. According to forecasters, Tropical Storm Nicole was said to head inland, which would significantly weaken the storm. The maximum winds were expected to peak at 45 miles per hour and then begin to decline. Where did Tropical Storm Nicole take her toll?

            While making her journey up towards the East coast, Nicole made landfall in Kingston, Jamaica. Due to floods and mudslides in the area, five people have been announced dead, and 14 are missing. Because the rain saturated the ground intensely, it triggered multiple landslides. Two of the five victims found dead were construction workers who were killed by the collapse of a shack during one of the landslides. Another victim was five-year-old Tashanna Wallace, who was unfortunately crushed in her bed when tree branches cut through her grandmother’s home. “She never leaves me, everywhere is me and her. I don’t know what I’m going to do now,” Jerdene Muir, her grandmother, stated. Emergency workers believe that about half of the missing people were lost in the landslides. Officials are certain that the number of deaths will rise due to the amount of damage done by the storm. “I hope this is the end of it. It feels like we’re a punching bag – a big wet punching bag,” Christopher Brown, a resident, said.

            As Tropical Storm Nicole continued on her track, she hit land in the Northeast of the United States. The Tropical Depression killed seven people in North Carolina and eight more when Nicole tore through New York, Pennsylvania and New England on October 1, 2010. The aftermath of the storm flooded many regions in the Northeast. The National Weather Service claimed that up to three more inches of rain is to be expected. Flood warnings were issued to the Mid-Atlantic states through Maine, and warnings for heavy winds up to 60 miles per hour were issued to Massachusetts through Maine.

            Heavy rains caused airports to shut down incoming and outgoing flights in the Northeast. One of the victims was a motorist who drove into floodwaters near Skippack Creak in Philadelphia. The woman was found dead in the vehicle after police found the car floating near a golf course. Four of the seven people killed in North Carolina drowned in a ditch filled with water after their car hydroplaned into the ditch. Luckily, the fifth person in the car survived.

            The flooding was so atrocious up the East coast that people were able to kayak through the streets in towns and cities. However, Tropical Storm Nicole left behind “idyllic weather.” Temperatures were said to be in the upper 60’s with highs in the mid 80’s. Some showers were still to be expected, but overall, goodbye heat, hello paradise.


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