Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/150408/hurricane-ian-reaches-florida by Alyssa Wilson on Oct. 4, 2021

Hurricane season has begun in the United States and the season’s largest hurricane so far, Hurricane Ian has done damage in areas from South Florida to South Carolina that started earlier this week and continued into Saturday, Oct.1, 2022. 

Although most damage was done in Florida and areas across the East Coast, events were canceled across the greater Lynchburg area including Get Downtown, and events like Dell Beach hosted by the University of Lynchburg, due to heavy rains and high winds. 

Sophomore Madison Claudy was impacted in a much more personal way by the Hurricane because her family recently moved to Fort Myers, Fla., one of the areas that has been the most affected.

“I barely had any communication with my family because the cell towers were down,” says Claudy. 

Although the family is safe and healthy they are currently without water or power, and the high winds ripped off parts of the roof and carried away the back porch of their home. 

Claudy says, “I felt horrible and I was stressed during all of my classes because I didn’t know if they were okay or not.” 

As the effects of the hurricane hit the city, the University of Lynchburg’s campus experienced electrical fluctuations early on Saturday, affecting many residential students as they prepared for midterms. 

Sophomore Nicholas Moore is a residential student whose lights were working, however his fridge was not working and all outlets were out in his residential space. 

Moore had to go grocery shopping the next day and went out into the storm in order to go to the dining hall. 

“I honestly feel like the campus was pretty good about fixing the issues in a timely manner. It was great that they were able to fix most of the issues in a day in a half,” says Moore. 

Although some difficulties presented themselves during the storm, workers across the nation have been vigilant in fixing broken power lines, etc. 

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