When the South Met Sally


Hannah Dunson

        In 2005, Hurricane Katrina was one of the biggest Hurricanes to ever hit the South. Now, a new competition is rising. The South now has met Hurricane Sally. Hurricane Sally hit Pensacola in the middle of September, just as schools were reopening virtually, and in person. Sally was reportedly moving slow when it hit land, which caused a statewide emergency. Sally interrupted schools, churches, and even demolished homes. Hurricane Sally is reported to have caused over $29 million in damages in Pensacola’s Escambia county alone. Pensacola is known to be quite small compared to other cities, so this is significant to the state of Florida. Sally did not only wipe out thousands of houses, but it has also destroyed the hearts of those who lived in them, those who had memories there. Sally has made hundreds of people homeless which adds to the debt that Pensacola has to recover from.
         September is known to have some of the biggest hurricanes, which explains why Sally hit at such a time. Pictures show, in Pensacola, that the water level has at some point reached 5 feet, that almost engulfed a whole Burger King. We now know this because of the many people who were laid off from their jobs. Firefighters, doctors, mailmen, and nurses are essential to what is going on now in Pensacola. Hurricane Katrina caused thousands of African Americans to be homeless, but those who were supposed to help them let them suffer. Pensacola’s response to the disaster is changing the course of history and bringing people together in order to save those who are in need.
          According to “USA Today”, the death toll for Pensacola and other cities and states around it is at a rise. There was a second storm-related death in Alabama. The remains of Sally even sparked a flood warning in the North including Maryland and Virginia. Some say that the “water” down in Pensacola could really be of use for the fire that is in California, on the opposite side of the country. Since Pensacola is located on the Gulf Coast, it is inevitable for it to get hit hard. A city in Alabama received 30 inches of rain as well.
        Although this crisis has brought out the worst in some of us, it has achieved bringing out the good in most of us. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has encouraged the people of Florida and assured everyone around the world that they will get through this. “We have all hands on deck…we want to make sure to continue to keep people safe”. DeSantis said assuring everyone that everything will be okay.