Frank Camuso

Staten Islanders Prepare for the After-Effects Hurricane Florence

This week citizens along the entire Eastern seaboard have been anxiously anticipating for Hurricane Florence to make landfall. Hurricane Florence is the latest in what seems to be almost a constant string of tropical storms to be hitting the shores of the United States and has already touched down near the famous coastal city of Cape Fear, North Carolina. While early reports had New Yorkers, like much of the east coast in fear for what was to come. Businesses everywhere were planning for the worst, shuttering their doors, and double barricading their windows for what was to come. Staten Island residents like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, have been stocking up on non-perishables, like water, and canned foods – so much so, that many of the grocery stores Frank Camuso and his family frequent are lined with barren shelves, and some aisles appearing completely bare.

Such is to be expected for a borough like Staten Island, as the residents here know all too well that Staten Island is less equipped than many other East Coast cities to handle even a sudden change in tides, let alone an entire tropical storm and a category 4 or 5 hurricane. The beaches on Staten Island were never in the best condition and the ranch style properties near the water, plus the lack of drainage on major roadways in Staten Island make it one of the worst places to be during a big storm such as this one. And for most, these issues seemed to cause a bit of hysteria. Frank Camuso remarked that besides the empty super market shelves, he could see neighbors boarding up their basement windows and some even planning trips or taking shelter amongst family members for the week.

Luckily, despite the hysteria that the storm caused upon making landfall in North Carolina, meteorologists say that they will be downgrading Hurricane Florence down to a Category 3 storm – a lot more manageable. Also changing winds and other weather conditions on land, should have New Yorkers breathing a bit easier – as the tropical force winds have shifted towards the Southeast and the brunt of the storm seems to be heading farther and farther away from New York City. So what exactly can we in Staten Island expect from what will be left of Florence? Pretty much the same as we would have otherwise, just on a much smaller scale. New Yorkers, and especially Staten Islanders are warned to be prepared for dangerous rip currents, violent and unpredictable waves or surf, and most notably for Staten Islanders, beach erosion – relieving Staten Island of an already diminished sandy coastline. While this may alter weekend plans for New Yorkers in the other 4 boroughs, Staten Islanders like Frank Camuso and his family are advised to simply stay home, and try their best to avoid areas near the coastal shores – difficult to ask when your borough is surrounded completely by water.

Earlier in the week, President Trump was briefed by FEMA reps in regard to the storm, and made the statement that he expects Florence to be the worst storm to ever make landfall in the US – and while this will no longer be the case, residents of the Carolinas, Virginia, and major cities near the coast will still experience some devastating effects. It is estimated that over 1 million people will be fleeing their homes as a result of the storm.

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