Gracie Coyne and Maddie Forman – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Watching Hurricane Dorian earlier this month reminded many Mustangs that Florida is known to be a top state for having direct hits from hurricanes. With 120 direct hits, Florida tops every other state in the United States.
Floridians need to be prepared for the worst when it comes to these storms. After Dorian, “Mustangs Ahead” asked students, “What would you do in order to prepare for a hurricane?”
Freshman Chad Anderson said, “If a serious hurricane was coming towards Florida, with enough heads up, I would go to California. From personal experience, before leaving Florida, my family and I put up shutters on the windows.”
Sophomore Elijah Stobaugh said, “If I continue to live in Florida as I grow up, I will prepare by having enough food for however many people I will be with, stock up on water, and do anything I can in order to protect my house. Once the hurricane settles down, I will definitely take advantage of the rain and go skim boarding!”
Junior Dallas Rodriguez stated, “Depending on the severity of the hurricane, I would get a back-up generator and gas. Over the last few years, we have had a few hurricanes. Whenever we have them, I always have friends over because my parents get everything we need. It is fun and safe.”
Many Mustangs remember one of the when Hurricanes Irma that hit land in Florida in 2017 as a category 4 storm. Many students learned about hurricane preparation because of this storm.
“After hurricane Irma, I experienced what it is like to have to prepare for a situation like this. My family and I bought nonperishable foods, bottled water, sandbags, medical supplies, and more. We felt safe in our home after putting up the protective shutters and having all of our supplies ready,” said senior William Reed.