article by Riley Greenleaf and Mallory Mulrath
edited by Hailey Kamenides
All over the world hurricanes are continuing to happen. People are having to evacuate their towns, and their homes are being destroyed. As of now thousands of people are without homes, or are even dead because of hurricanes. Specifically Hurricane Irma resulted in over 100 people dying due to this massive hurricane. Although this hurricane hit a lot of people in a lot of places, the people in the Caribbean were hit the hardest. To this day everyone is still trying to recover from the damage hurricane Irma caused.
Hurricane Irma took place August 30, 2017 through September 16, 2017. During this storm, it was recorded as the strongest hurricane that National Hurricane Center ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The reason that it was recorded as this was because of the damage it did to towns, buildings, and people. The damage was horrible. For example thirteen out of fifteen of the Caribbean provinces were affected. Schools were suffering and almost two-thirds of the country didn’t have electricity.
The 2017 hurricane season has been much worse than it normally is. The hurricane energy index for the month of September in 2017, has gone off the charts for its record breaking index of 155.4 hurricanes, making 2017 one of the worst hurricane seasons ever recorded. Hurricane Irma reached wind speeds of about 138 mph, and because of that, it was classified as a category 5 hurricane. It then slowly came down to a category 4 hurricane. It has also been confirmed that the cost of the damage has reached about 62 billion dollars.
So many people were affected by Irma, as well as countries. The major countries that were hit by Irma include Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Haiti, The U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, some parts of Mexico and Southern Florida, in the United states, and most of the Caribbean Islands. Mass devastation and even flooding occurred in these areas because of Irma. It has been recorded that the total number of fatalities that occurred due to Irma is 134. Also many more people were left injured. So many families lost their homes, while over half of the homeowners affected were left without power. Streets were flooded in many areas, causing people to flee their homes As of today, these areas are still trying to recover from the mass destruction caused by Irma.
Since Hurricane Irma left so much destruction to these areas, many organizations have been set up to raise money and help with the costs of the devastation, also for the care and safety of families that had to flee their homes due to the storm. Even some well known Hollywood celebrities have teamed up to raise money and help the cause. According to CBS Miami, “Popular Hollywood Celebrities helped raise over $44 million for hurricane relief with a 1-hour telethon. Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Beyonce, Will Smith, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all took part in this 1-hour telethon fundraiser, called “Hand in Hand,” as well as a few others. They helped raise money with performances by Blake Shelton and Stevie Wonder, as well as some other singers. There are also many other organizations that were designed to help hurricane Irma victims, and raise money for the damage. Organizations such as American Red Cross, ADRA International, Americares, and Global Giving are all accepting money, food, and water donations for the people and areas affected by Hurricane Irma.
It is very important to know how serious hurricanes are. They are not just a little rain and thunderstorm that will pass eventually, they are far more serious, and can cause far more devastation than a lot of other natural disasters can. They leave people without power for days, and sometimes even without homes, they can cause major floods, and even cause some people to lose their lives. Some hurricanes and cyclones have even made the top 10 worst natural disasters of all time, like the India Cyclone in 1839, and the Bhola Cyclone in 1970, which killed thousands of people. Hurricanes are very serious matter, and unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do to stop hurricanes from happening, as they are completely natural. You can take action by donating to an organization that helps with the recovery from the devastation of hurricanes. As of now you can donate to help the recovery of hurricane Irma, or some of the other recent hurricanes, like Harvey, Nate, Jose, etc. Or you could go online and discover some different ways that you could help the cause. Hurricanes are horrible disasters, especially ones like Irma, and we should do everything that we can to help the cause.