Hurricane Irma to be felt in Charlotte

East Meck students should plan and prepare for the weather.

Story by Kate Carroll, Online-Editor-In-Chief

East Meck students should make sure their phones are charged, snacks are stocked and water bottles are full.

Less than one week after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in the gulf coast, a new storm, Hurricane Irma, has developed in the Atlantic. It is now a category 5 storm. It has already devastated parts of the Caribbean and is headed towards Florida.

Irma’s effects are projected to reach Charlotte Sunday night, by then it will most likely be a tropical storm. Most recent forecasts have predicted that Charlotte will at least receive 3 to 5 inches of rain early next week, along with heavy winds ranging from 40 to 60 mph.  

These conditions could cause widespread power outages in the area, and even school closings. School activities like clubs and sports may also be cancelled. Gov. Roy Cooper has already declared a state of emergency for North Carolina.

Students and families can prepare for Irma by making sure that they have vital supplies such as non-perishable food, water, batteries and first aid kits. Students should make sure to stock up on their necessities too: portable phone chargers, tasty snacks and a way to cure possible boredom.