Students Sing ‘Eye of the Storm’ in Viral Video Ahead of Hurricane Florence

By Zachary Stieber

A video showing students singing “Eye of the Storm” ahead of Hurricane Florence hitting North Carolina has gone viral, garnering over one million views.

The footage showed elementary students at the Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro singing the song.

Ryan Stevenson, the musician behind the song, noticed the video and was among those circulating it online, sharing it on his Facebook page.

“As I’m preparing to head to Virginia to begin my ‘Eye of the Storm Tour,’ I came across this post today…” he wrote.

“I’m so moved to see this entire school preparing for the hurricane; praying for others! Beyond humbled to play any role in spreading hope & comfort to people experiencing hardship! My thoughts and prayers with everyone in the path of Florence!”

Students sing song ahead of Hurricane Florence
Fifth and sixth graders at Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro, North Carolina sing a rendition of “Eye of the Storm” ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, on Sept. 11, 2018. (Chris N Paris Verme via Storyful)

“In the eye of the storm/ You remain in control/ And in the middle of the war/ You guard my soul,” are some of the lyrics in the song.

Paris Verme, a cook at the private Christian school, shot the video.

“I simply posted the video so the Wayne Christian family that wasn’t there to witness it could see what the kids had done that morning because it was so moving,” she told Fox News.

“I never thought in a million years it would have touched over 1.3 million people!!! It’s all God’s work, he just used me to help!”

The video was posted on Sept. 11; by Sept. 14, it had over 1.8 million views.

Waves coming ashore in North Carolina
Waves are seen coming ashore in Avon, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Jason Cole photography in Avon, NC/via Reuters)

Florence Approaches Coast

Hurricane Florence weakened as it approached the East Coast and made landfall on Sept. 14, but will still have devastating effects on some areas.

Rain began pelting coastal cities across the Carolinas on Sept. 13, and huge storm surges were feared. The combination will likely leave nearly the entire state of North Carolina in several feet of water, Governor Roy Cooper said.

The hurricane landed on the morning of Sept. 14, and was projected to barrel through the Carolinas and into Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, the National Hurricane Center said in an early update on Sept. 14.

The forecast now has the storm hovering over those states before swerving early Monday and potentially dragging across a multitude of other states, including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, although the forecasts continue being updated.

The center warned of “life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding” over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians.