Hurricane Isabel swept the United States with such tremendous force that even the people living in Millerstown felt its awesome rush of power. Causing damage to property and houses and keeping many people in the dark for several days, Hurricane Isabel caused a state of emergency to be called in the area. School was canceled and many people stayed home from work.
When asked whether or not students think it is necessary to make up the day of school on which the emergency was declared, Hope Young responds, “It doesn’t matter. I’m a senior anyway, so I’ll be getting out of school earlier than underclassmen.” Overall, the students seemed to enjoy the unexpected free time they received Friday on that Friday in September.
Hurricane Isabel was the costliest and deadliest hurricane in the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. The ninth named storm, fifth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the season, Isabel formed from a tropical wave on September 6 in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. It moved northwestward, and within an environment of light wind shear and warm waters it steadily strengthened to reach peak winds of 165 mph (265 km/h) on September 11. After fluctuating in intensity for four days, Isabel gradually weakened and made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with winds of 105 mph (165 km/h) on September 18. It quickly weakened over land and became extra tropical over western Pennsylvania the next day.