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Hurricanes Damage the South

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The radar image of Hurricane Irma as a category 5.  Photo credit wikicommons

The radar image of Hurricane Irma as a category 5. Photo credit wikicommons

The radar image of Hurricane Irma as a category 5. Photo credit wikicommons

Cate Carr, Editor

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Hurricane season has brought storms after storms. The south has been hit the hardest this year with the Hurricanes. The first hurricane to touch down in the States this year was Hurricane Harvey which made landfall in Houston, Texas. The storms brought flooding, massive winds. Many homes were destroyed by fallen trees and the flooding.  Only a couple weeks later the US Virgin Islands were hit by a category 5 hurricane.

Hurricane Irma made land fall in the islands south of Florida before making its way to the Keys. In the Islands, Irma created massive damage from record breaking wind speed at 185 mph. In the Islands the category 5 storm left 44 people dead; people from French Territories, Cuba, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Barbuda. Most of the structures on the Islands are damaged due to the storm, flood waters have finally started receding after the storm has left.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida early Sunday morning. From there it left a path of destruction as it made its way up north. Residents of Florida were evacuated before the storm made landfall as they were put in a state of emergency. People in Georgia and South Carolina were affected by Irma as she made her way north going right into their territory. The storm weakened into a category 2 hurricane but it was still enough to create a lot of damage in Florida. Senior Taylor Hazzard said, “I feel saddened by the hurricanes and hope that everyone that is affected is okay.”

Irma now has made her way to Tennessee, but left damage in Florida which will take awhile to recover from. Now the people of Florida are recovering and picking up the pieces in which the hurricane left behind. Boats in the roads, fallen trees, destroyed homes, and the flood water. It’s hard for Florida residents to recover when they have very little supplies; phone lines are still down, no gas, no water, and no electricity. So far the death toll in the United States has risen to 33 people; 26 deaths in Florida, 4 deaths in South Carolina, and 3 deaths in Georgia.

Hurricane Jose will be making its way up the coast. Senior Alicia Markofski said, “I’m excited for Hurricane Jose if it makes it way up the coast because I want to miss school.” However, the hurricane is most likely only going to affect New York and will not make landfall. This has been the first time that two Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the same year.

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