Story by Jada Metze

 

We all prepared for the worst from Hurricane Irma and hoped to avoid violent storms similar to what Florida and Texas got. As many braced for Irma’s deadly impact, the storm forced many people to over prepare even when they didn’t need to. While the Palmetto state missed a direct hit from Irma, it still helped to be cautious and alert for any major weather changes.

“We bought a lot of water and a lot of extra water [even though] we didn’t need it,” senior Makenzie Keisler said. “Even though we did not get it as bad as Texas and Florida, there was still an aftershock of Irma. It could have been worse, we just got debris in the yard.”

Although South Carolinians were worried about Irma, seeing the devastation and the toll it took on other places made them want to give back to the people that the hurricanes affected.

“[The hurricane] made me want to donate something,” freshman Jasaka Jackson said. This shows the loving sympathy that the terrible storm is causing people to have.

For some, this wasn’t their first experience with a hurricane.

“No, [Hurricane] Hugo was my first [hurricane],” art teacher Jaime Chason said.

Some people even had their family members stay with them until Irma was over.

“My grandmother came from Charleston [because she] thought Charleston was going to get hit,” Makenzie said.

The storm affected people from all aspects of life in very different ways, but the most notable of these effects were power outages and flooding.

“My power was out for three days,” Chason said, “which is hard because food can go bad, [but] it also may even be difficult because you may be so used to using light.”

Hurricane Irma has created a different outcome for everyone and also made people realize certain things. Chason hasn’t been able to give back to the community, but she realizes the importance of electricity and an abundance of emergency supplies to ensure her and her family’s safety.

“[I do think it’s important to give back but] I haven’t yet really. [The hurricane does] make me aware and not take for granted the electricity,” Chason said.

Now that the brunt of the storm is over, South Carolinians reflected on their experiences and were grateful they didn’t experience worse outcomes. The storm not only changed everyone’s perspectives, but it also made everyone a lot more aware of the power of nature.

“I was planning on it being worse,” Jasaka said,“[and I expected more damage].”