As Harvey strengthened off of the coast of Texas, the United States braced for impact.
The warnings were loud and clear, but the damage was inconceivable. More than 50 inches of rainfall turned downtown streets into rivers, impacting millions of lives and forcing many to leave their homes. Accuweather predicts the damage from the hurricane will top $190 billion, making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. it will also take years to return some areas to normal.
Even though NCC is far from Texas, we will feel the effects from Harvey. Since many oil refineries were in the path of the storm and damaged as a result, gas prices are going up. A week after Harvey, gas prices have risen in Allentown from an average price of $2.47 per gallon to $2.70.
Some celebrities in response to the crisis in Texas have taken their own steps to helping the victims. Comedian Kevin Hart started a campaign to raise money as he challenged other celebrities to take it upon themselves to help $25,000 at a time.
Houston Texans player J. J. Watt also started a fund that has raised $16 million so far for flood victims.
If you would like to contribute, Miller/Keystone will hold blood drives September 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses. The college administration will provide additional information as the date approaches.