Hurricane Season, Raging On

By Emily Pickering, senior writer


Hurricane Harvey developed rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico and has now hit parts of Texas. It hit Corpus Christi as a category four hurricane and then hit Copano Bay as category three hurricane. This storm has devastated many of the most prominent cities in Texas, with the hardest hit being Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States.

“This could easily be one of the worst flooding disasters in U.S. History.”

— Greg Postel (@GregPostel) via twitter August 27, 2017 

Hurricane & Storm Specialist, and Co-Host of AMHQ Weekend at The Weather Channel.

And he’s right: this was definitely a strong storm. Winds up to 130 miles per hour and up to 50 inches of rainfall in some parts of Texas. President Donald Trump addressed the people of Texas saying “We will get through this. We will come out stronger. And believe me, we will be bigger, better, stronger than ever before. The rebuilding will begin and in the end it will be something very special.” The President and his wife, Melania, visited towns in Texas and Louisiana affected by this storm. They talked and helped pass out lunch to citizens affected by the storm.

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Steve Culver comforts his dog Otis on Saturday, August 26, as he talks about what he said was the “most terrifying event in his life.” The hurricane destroyed most of his home in Rockport while he and his wife were there. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Another hurricane followed closely behind Harvey: Hurricane Irma. It hit parts of the Caribbean on September 6 as a category five storm with winds up to 185 miles per hour and destroyed 95% of the buildings in Barbuda. It has also hit the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba and has killed at least twenty four people. President Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida and the Governor of the state, Rick Scott, stated,

“regardless of which (Florida) coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate.”

The storm hit Florida as a category four storm causing havoc in major cities such as Miami, where winds reached up to 90 miles per hour. Florida is not the only state affected by the storm. The governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, has issued a state of emergency for all counties in Georgia due to possible flooding from Irma.

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A driver works his way through a maze of fallen utility poles in Taft, Texas, on Saturday, August 26. Eric Gay/AP

Vice President Mike Pence commented on Irma and stated,

Wherever Hurricane Irma goes, we’ll be there first. We’ll be there with resources and support, both to save lives and to help to recover and rebuild these states and these communities.”

This is the first time that the United States has been hit by two category four hurricanes in the same year.

Yet another hurricane is forming and is set to hit following hurricane Irma. As of now the storm, Hurricane Jose, is stopped in between Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. There is a reported wind speed of 110 miles per hour due to this storm. The storm is expected to fluctuate in power for a couple of days, and then steadily weaken.

For now, there is only one more hurricane, Hurricane Katia. On Friday September 8, this storm hit the city of Tecolutla, Mexico. When Katia first hit land, it had winds were up to 105 miles per hour, but they have quickly weakened to around 40 miles per hour downgrading this to a tropical storm. Even though this storm is not quite as strong as the others, it still caused a fatal mudslide which resulted in the death of two people. Mexico not only was hit by Katia this week,  but was also an extremely powerful earthquake that killed 64 people.The president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, called for three days of mourning for the people killed by Katia an

by the earthquake.

Images from CNN Hurricane Harvey: The Week in Photos http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/08/us/hurricane-harvey-week-in-photos/

 

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