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Hurricanes Devastate Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean

Recently, there have been many devastating hurricanes throughout the world. There was Hurricane Harvey in Texas (mainly), Hurricane Irma in Florida (mainly), Hurricane Jose in Bermuda (and other areas), and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. There have been fatalities and Puerto Rico is still in need of help. Hurricane Harvey was the first hurricane to hit in this string, and since then, Irma, Jose, and Maria have taken their destructive courses. Combined, these hurricanes have caused billions of dollars in damage. At this time, we should all do everything we can to help.

Hurricane Harvey was a category 3-4 hurricane that reached the status of a tropical storm on August 17, 2017, gained the status of a hurricane on August 25, 2017, and ended on September 3, 2017. It caused 30, 000 people to leave their homes and has caused 90 deaths, but there could be even more that haven’t been confirmed yet. It caused more than forty inches of rain in the affected areas in only four days, causing flooding, and a lot of damage. It was the first hurricane in twelve years to cause major landfall in the United States and the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico in the past twelve years.  It began to slow down just before it received hurricane status, but quickly picked back up and became even stronger than before, causing landfall in Texas. After this, it weakened rapidly and devolved into a tropical storm once again before eventually fizzling out completely. Though the actual storm stopped, the damages are still here. Now Texas is lacking in manufactured housing and it’s becoming very expensive. Land Commissioner George P. Bush has said that “It is almost becoming as expensive to get a manufactured house as it is to build a home.” It’s going to take along time for people to be permanently situated after this storm (anywhere from seven months to 2 and a half years), and it was just the first of the four.

Hurricane Irma also broke twelve year records, becoming the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since 2005. Its intensity fluctuated many times, but it was considered a Category 5 hurricane at one point. It was first formed on August 30, 2017 and ended on September 16, 2017. It resulted in 134 confirmed deaths, as it changed between Category 2, Category 3, Category 4, and Category 5. It became a Category 5 hurricane on September 4, 2017, then weakened to a Category 4, and eventually a Category 3, as it encountered land, slowing it down. It weakened further and eventually dissipated in New England on the 16th. It caused extensive damage, deaths, and even food poisoning. People have been dying in a nursing home, as it lost power and caused many fevers, as the AC went out and patients were left in extremely hot conditions. Even food safety is a concern, as food had been coming in contact with floodwater or kept in unsuitable temperatures. A Florida man even killed his daughter by fatally punching her, claiming that it was because Hurricane Irma had him “highly stressed.” This hurricane has caused disaster in many ways and people are even using it to justify crimes.

Hurricane Jose was the least damaging of the hurricanes in this string, but it still reached hurricane status and caused damage. One person was killed during this Category 1 hurricane, as it swept through many areas from September 5, 2017 to September 26, 2017. It was a tropical wave that developed into a tropical storm and eventually, a hurricane. It rapidly intensified, but eventually weakened, bringing only strong winds and heavy rain.

Hurricane Maria was the most damaging of the four hurricanes. When you search it up, the first thing that comes up is “SOS Alert.” It was formed on September 16, 2017 and dissipated on October 3, 2017. Leyla Santiago is a CNN reporter who was in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria. She wrote “I am writing this in the dark. The hotel doesn’t have power, and one of the generators failed. I had to walk up 10 flights of stairs to get to my hotel room because the elevators don’t work. The lights have been flickering all night. Such is life here. If that’s my biggest problem, however, I consider myself lucky. I’ve covered devastation. I’ve covered disaster. I’ve covered destruction. Hurricane Maria was more.”

 

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Hurricanes Devastate Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean