Starting from late August, there have been a number of hurricanes this year, with some being the strongest hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic ocean. All of them came one after the other into the country, leaving millions homeless and creating absolute havoc.
Take a look at the most devasting hurricanes which occured this year:
1. Hurricane Harvey
When: 17 Aug 2017 – 3 Sep 2017
Areas Affected: Texas, Eastern and Southern US, Belize, Cayman Islands, Windward Islands
Hurricane Harvey hit the region of Texas making it the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since 2005. The damage caused by Hurricane Harvey was $196 billion dollars making it the costliest Atlantic hurricane. It affected 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. Texas Department of Public Safety stated more than 185,000 homes were damaged and 9,000 destroyed. Despite, the hurricane forced a shutdown of the gas and oil production, which resulted in gas price rising high. The US President, Donald Trump signed a bill announcing aid package of $15.25 billion. As per experts, the rise in temperature, rising sea level, and global warming have worsened the aftermaths of the hurricane.
2. Hurricane Irma
When: 30 Aug 2017 – 11 Sept 2017
Areas Affected: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Florida, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Havana…
Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful and catastrophic hurricanes. It was first Category 5 hurricane of 2017. It had the strongest sustained winds observed in the Atlantic since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. It was the costliest Caribbean hurricane until Hurricane Maria struck two weeks later. Atlantic hurricane season, Irma caused widespread damage throughout its long lifetime, particularly in parts of the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys.
3. Hurricane Jose
Hurricane Jose was the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Nadine in 2012. An erratic tropical cyclone, Hurricane Jose was the 3rd major hurricane of the 2017. The group of islands that were badly affected by Hurricane Irma, felt threatened by Hurricane Jose.
The government of Antigua and Barbuda began efforts on September 8 to evacuate the entire island Jose’s anticipated arrival. 9 shelters which were housing 17,000 persons were opened on Barbuda. Large waves from Jose caused beach erosion along the Jersey Shore.
4. Hurricane Katia
When: 5 Sept 2017 – 26 Sept 2017
Areas Affected: Yucatan Peninsula, Veracruz, East Coast of US, Leeward Islands…
Hurricane Katia was the most intense hurricane in the Bay of Campeche since Hurricane Karl in 2010. It was the 11th storm and 6th hurricane in 2017. The storm struck Mexico just days after a major earthquake. It caused a massive damage, but its aftermath was catastrophic. Katia resulted in floods, mudslides, and violent winds to the different areas of Mexico. In preparation for Hurricane Katia, over 4,000 residents were evacuated from the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The tourists left coastal towns, emergency shelters were opened, and storm drains were cleared before the onset of heavy rainfall.
5. Hurricane Maria
When: 16 Sept 2017 – 3 Oct 2017
Areas Affected: Dominica, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas, Ireland, UK, France, Spain
Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. The 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. In the wake of the hurricane, more than 85% of the island’s houses were damaged, leaving more than 50,000 of the island’s 73,000 residents displaced. The agriculture sector in the island, which was the main source of income, suffered the most as the majority of the trees were flattened by the hurricane. Meanwhile, the driving force of the economy tourism is also expected to be scarce in the months that followed Maria.