Tropical Nightmares in the Carribean and Southern United States-Major hurricanes demolish everything in their path
Though the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially commenced on June 1, the August landfall of Hurricane Harvey marked the first of a series of destructive cyclones in the Atlantic.
Harvey first made landfall on the coast of Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, though some experts predicted the storm would continue to intensify into a Category 5. Instead, the storm dropped record amounts of rainfall and brought in destructive storm surge from the ocean.
Harvey, the first major Atlantic hurricane (Category 3 or above) to make landfall in the US since Wilma in 2005, lingered along the Texas coastline, which only added to its destructive power.
The storm also affected parts of Louisi- ana, ultimately causing eighty-two deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages.
Though twelve years passed between the two major Atlantic U.S. hurricanes, Wilma and Harvey, only a matter of days passed between Harvey and Hurricane Irma, an even stronger Category 5 hurricane, which plowed through Anguilla, Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Experts predicted Irma would similarly ravage Florida, impacting both the eastern coast (Miami metropolitan area) and the vulnerable western coast city of Tampa.
Although it veered left, it still caused extensive damage the whole state, and directly hit the Florida Keys. Others, however, feel that the storm could have been much more destructive and that the residents of Florida “dodged a bullet.”
Overall, Irma is responsible for nearly sixty fatalities and over fifty billion dollars of damage.
After feeling the effects of these extremely powerful storms, hopefully citizens will demand the government recognizes and fights the sources of climate change.