This event was a major catastrophe mostly due to its destructive economic damage on the Gulf Coast that exceeded even Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The death toll of approximately 82 people attributable to Harvey is a very small portion compared to Katrina’s, but the cost in damages is unrivaled. Current estimates for Harvey are at $180 billion compared to Katrina’s $108 billion (Amadeo, 2017). This makes Harvey the costliest natural event to ever hit the United States and justifies it as more than just a disaster or a hazard.
Last week Hurricane Harvey hit Texas! No one expected this storm to be so severe. Hurricane Harvey was one of the worst, most damaging hurricanes Texas has ever experienced. The damage from Harvey was very extensive. Harvey left millions of people without homes to come back to, cars were washed away, and people went missing and some died. People from different states came all the way to Texas and risked their lives to helped strangers when they didn’t have to.
As hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, prices of necessities hit shocking highs. Gas stations started charging twenty dollars for gas and convenience stores were charging over ninety dollars for a case of water. Delayed help from FEMA left Texans seeking help from other states. People with boats and jet skis made their way to Texas to help those stranded in their homes or in rafts. “The federal response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has quickly depleted FEMA’s disaster relief fund, which dropped by $2.14 billion last Thursday to $1.01 billion as of Tuesday. The figures from FEMA were first reported by Bloomberg and later confirmed by NBC News” ( Khimm, 2017). The House of Representatives enacted a bill allocating more money to FEMA due to a worsening hurricane season than previously expected. “The good news for the research community is that the
Many hurricanes that have hit landfall were very dangerous to people, the environment and the economy. Hurricane Harvey took more than 72 lives in Texas alone. Shortly after, Hurricane Irma took the lives of 30 plus lives in the path of her destruction in just the United States, along with the 24 plus in the Caribbean. The wind speeds of up to 160 miles per hour and the water from the hurricane caused major damage to homes, cars, streets and buildings. The wind caused many homes, cars and buildings to blow over, rip off roofs and siding. The strong wind gusts also blew over many trees. With the torrential amounts of rainfall that came through the area, flooding came through shortly after throughout areas in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could have a major negative impact on both Texas and Florida's economies and the United States' overall economy.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating natural disasters on record in the United States (Skinner, 2006) In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast destroying buildings, homes and communities (Skinner, 2006). Storm surges and levee failures resulted in an estimated $108 billion in physical property damage, specifically in the areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (Skinner, 2006). Furthermore, Katrina proved itself to be one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history as it claimed the lives of more than 1,800 people (Skinner, 2006).
One of the most costly hurricanes in U.S. history was the 2005 hit from Hurricane Katrina where the total damages were estimated to exceed $100 billion to the U.S. The storm was a category 3 when it finally struck land at the Louisiana and Mississippi coast but out at sea it reached a staggering category 5. This massive storm caused massive flooding to New Orleans after it had caused the levees to break due to the strong surges. The breakdown of the levees grew much attention because it was revealed about how vulnerable the coastline really was to these types of strong storms which in return caused such a catastrophe to the communities in its path. The flooding catastrophe was to follow the storm due to the vulnerabilities which grew worldwide
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August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas with absolute power. It was originally predicted that it would not surpass category 1, the elements combined and made Harvey extremely vicious. It hit the most populated areas on the United States becoming one of the most destructive. People did not have enough time to properly prepare for the unpredicted devastation ahead. However, the government and the people responded with strong efforts. Let’s start with the federal department. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (which is referred to as FEMA), with its government accomplices mobilized a work force and with many assets to help states affected. About 21,000 government assets were sent to help out during the vicious Tropical Storm. A lot of people sought refuge during the storm and the Federal government gave them many places to stay for example many government owned sites were converted refuge sites for the victims. The U.S coast guard played a huge role to aid victims. Thousands of coast guards were deployed in support of the relief efforts. They evacuated victims through government transport such as helicopters and big vehicles that could travel through the flooding. They are also opened various docks and waterways within Brownsville, Kentucky without any restrictions to the public. FEMA provided thousands of meals, medical and household items. Fema also paid rent for the victim’s short-term housing. Other ongoing Federal
State and Federal agencies can be a primary source of information and assistance during and following a natural disaster. Here are some websites that offer a wide range of information, both general and specific, that you may find useful in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey:
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, two days later roughly eighty percent of New Orleans was underwater. This hurricane ranked number three in the thirty deadliest US Hurricanes (Weather Underground, 2007). This disaster has had a ripple effect on the economy, the environment, the population of New Orleans, and the habitats of animals in that area. It also put to death over 1,500 people in Louisiana, more than half were senior citizens. In New Orleans, 134,000 housing units —70% of all occupied units — suffered damage from this Hurricane.
When Hurricane Harvey struck in Texas, millions of people lost their homes and over 39 people were killed. In Houston, many churches, temples, and mosques opened their doors wide to let in the many survivors in need of help, providing bedding, food, supplies, clothing, and much more to anyone who came to them. They are also working to rebuild the homes of strangers.
In the year 2005, New Orleans was famously hit a major natural disaster that took lives and destroyed the homes and civilians. This wrath of Mother Nature became to be known as Hurricane Katrina, a category 5 hurricane with gusts peaking at 174/mph according to the Safir- Simpson wind scale (SSHS). With this Hurricane having its path directly on a city only being on average 1-2 feet below sea level, it created conditions for serious havoc (NOAA, 2012). The aftermath left a serious physical imprint on the city, which has the potential to never be removed. This imprint left by Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage to 134,000 housing units, destroying multiple bridges along the Gulf Coast, as well as various buildings across the city, which led to harmful chemicals leaking into the water system, such as petroleum and natural gas. Finally, Hurricane Katrina also caused the main power grid to be disoriented for a number of weeks. As a result, the damage costs from the storm added up to be about $108 billion (2005 USD), which according to Eric Blake was the costliest storm ever to hit the United States (Blake et al. 2011). Hurricane Katrina perpetuated all of these tribulations, as it drastically altered the lives of the many inhabitants of New Orleans and they continue to face the repercussions of the storm in their day-to-day lives.
The article “In Houston, Anxiety and Frantic Rescues as Floodwaters Rise” by The New York times talks about how Hurricane Harvey has affected Texas and everything that it is doing to the community. It has affected many industries, many companies, and many lives. It has affected the petroleum industry, which is essential to the entire U.S. The article also mentions the possibilities of the aftermath being crucial to the state of Texas. The Newspaper claims texas will suffer, “a massive, multibillion-dollar rebuilding effort that may affect a generation.” (NY Times). The hurricane is not over and is already affecting the next generation. The most important point in the article is, “For President Trump, the storm is the