Hurricane Florence Swamps North Carolina

Virginia Beach Dodges Another Devastating Storm

During the last week, the East coast was threatened by the impending doom of Hurricane Florence.  Across the Carolinas, streets flooded from heavy rains and the storm surge while people hunkered down or fled the targeted area. Swansboro, NC has gotten over 30 inches of rain, surpassing all storm records. Sadly, the storm has claimed the lives of 18 people, as reported so far.

Thankfully, the storm did not hit Virginia beach like the meteorologists predicted it might. Instead, it curved southward and smacked North Carolina right in the face. As of Saturday morning, over 900,000 outages were reported in North and South Carolina with over 2 million businesses and homes losing power. Furthermore, the whole east coast has been affected by 2,400 flights canceled.

Fortunately, the storm didn’t hit Virginia Beach, but our neighbors down south lost much more than a week of school. Hallie Friedman (18’) stated, “It’s so sad that so many people lost their homes, cars, and even pets. It’s very sad for the people who don’t have a home to return to because of the damage from the water, and everything else they lost because of the flooding.” When Zach Earl (21’) was asked the same questions, he responded, “I think that it is very sad because people’s homes are destroyed, and many people may still get hurt or die.”  Both Hallie and Zach were asked what Cape Henry should do about the lost days of school to which they both replied that as a community, we need to work hard to make up for the lost days.

On Monday afternoon, Dr. Garran shared the plan of missed days to include the following:

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – scheduled as a Conference Day will become a regular school day for all students (October 10th remains a Conference Day/PSAT Day)
Thursday, December 20, 2018 – scheduled as the first day of Winter Break will become a regular school day/exam day for students. Thus, winter break will start one day later.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – scheduled as the final day of Winter Break will become the first day back for all students. Thus, we will resume classes one day earlier.