Over the past decade, the world has experienced more natural disaster than people can count. Floods, mudslides, earthquakes, and raging fires are just a few of the events that have stripped people away from their families, homes, and possessions. The deadliest of these natural disasters are hurricanes. Extremely strong winds mixed with large waves can cause enormous damage, taking months, even years for towns to recover. Hurricane Katrina left millions of people without homes and families torn apart. Hurricane Sandy demolished the Jersey coast, leaving years of repair work behind. The most recent and powerful hurricane that surfaced is Hurricane Maria. A level five hurricane, Hurricane Maria ripped straight through the United States territory of Puerto Rico. The island lost power, supplies
Numerous different aspects were altered due to the ruckus of Hurricane Katrina. The first major aspect was housing and location. Katrina nearly demolished 300,000 homes. The ascending sea level along the coast resulting from onshore winds is a storm surge. With a twenty-two foot storm surge in New Orleans and a twenty-seven foot storm surge in Mississippi, Hurricane Katrina averaged a shocking twelve foot storm surge. As a storm surge’s footage increases, the surge will continue to move inland farther and farther. Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge is documented as moving inland a total of twelve miles into the state of Mississippi (FAQS, 2013). Hurricane Katrina impacted a total of seven states. Five of these states were Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Kentucky and Ohio were two more states affected but in a different way. Because of the tremendous amount of water, Kentucky and Ohio were victims of the Mississippi River flooding. Some states experienced more extreme destruction than others. Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana experienced Hurricane Katrina’s wrath firsthand. These three southern states were affected the worst by the massive storm (FAQS, 2013). Mississippi’s forest industry experienced a great amount of destruction losing 1.3 million acres of valuable forest land. The main cause of destruction in New Orleans was blamed on the failure of the levee system to stand its ground
Hurricane Maria has hit Puerto Rico, destroying buildings leaving its approximately 3.4 million residents largely without electricity. Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico early Wednesday as a “Potentially Catastrophic” Category 4 storm that was set to become the most powerful to strike the US territory in almost 90 years.
A tropical wave developed into a tropical depression about 140 mi (230 km) east of the Yucatán Peninsula on August 17. Moving north-northwestward, the depression soon strengthened into a tropical storm. Early on August 18, the system crossed the Yucatán Channel and entered the Gulf of Mexico. While nearing the coast of Louisiana on August 19, the storm slowed down, turned westward, and intensified into a Category 1 hurricane. Late on August 19, the hurricane attained its maximum sustained wind speed of 80 mph (130 km/h). The cyclone curved west-northwestward and weakened slightly before making landfall near Crystal Beach, Texas, with winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) around 13:00 UTC on August 21. At landfall, the barometric pressure fell to 992
Ships were left stranded and wrecked miles away from moorings. Thousands of homes were washed away into the sea. Approximately 3,600 buildings were destroyed. Everything that was destroyed was bulldozed 15 blocks from the beach. The damage cost was 20 million (700 million today). It was the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history. 8,000-12,000 of the 37,000 people that lived in Galveston, Texas died, which was 20% of the population that was lost. From the remaining survivors, 30,000 were left
After Hurricane Sandy there was a bunch of damage done to theses states : Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and the U.S. (“Superstorm Sandy”). “The hurricane left an estimated 200,000 people without shelter” (“Superstorm Sandy”). The property damage was an estimate from between $30-$50 billion (“Superstorm Sandy’’). Many people had no home for a long time nothing to come home to or
Florida's workers were affected greatly by Hurricane Irma. They worked less shifts to properly prepare for the storm and lost productivity. The main industries that were affected in Florida were tourism
As for jacksonvill with high tides and the torrential rains that was driven by irmas winds. As before 9:00 am streets became streams of water, a man waked up to 3ft of water in his so called “Man Cave” named Mr.Jenkins. Soon enough the eye of the storm came to shore, the storm was tracked west heading into miami with 90,000 under an evacuation order. As one resident mr levine had said “didn’t dodge a bullet, we dodged a cannon,” i think he was talking about how this was huge, a major event that could have killed them but they dodged this by taking a big step of staying home. As more residents return home some unlucky as for some who had just moved hear a month ago, coming home to a foot of water in their driveway, for Naple florida it has had the worst strikes for most
For example, Hurricane Maria, that name has been retired due to its destruction, reaching wind speeds of 160 miles per hour as a Category 5 passing first through the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria then worked its way demolishing Puerto Rico with wind speeds of 150 miles per hour and pouring out about 40 inches of rain causing it to flood (AccessScience Editors, 2017).
Hurricanes are one of nature’s most natural occurrences and intense phenomenal storms. Yet, as phenomenal as they are, they are still one of the deadliest and disastrous natural occurrences that continue to plague costal residents with fears of their homes being destroyed, their towns wiped out, and loved ones either disappearing or dying.
The first mistake the Jacksonville’s weather bureau made was to call all extra relief workers and coast guards from New York and New England down to Florida to prepare for the storm. While looking out and protecting Florida, they took many needed hands from the northeast, which was hit harder. Their second mistake, a more important one, was to assume this storm was another typical Cape Verde hurricane because it began to veer northward. Those storms were known to curve away from the tropics at first opportunity and head north for colder water where it would soon die off before hitting the US. It followed this specific course by the Bermuda High currents, “a mass of dense dry air that dominates the weather in the North