Waffle House Index: How a breakfast chain’s menu helps officials gauge storm damage
Hurricane Florence was the first big storm of the 2018 hurricane season, and US government officials are using a light-hearted way of determining how bad the storm's damage will be. Businesses like 24/7 restaurants, Walmart, and home improvement stores help communities recover after a disaster. It's said that if the Waffle House, a chain of breakfast restaurants, is closed, then things are bad; if it's open, then the recovery will be swift. Plus, learn the English phrase, "in the wake of."