Atlantic Hurricane Awareness

Season continues with multiple hurricanes hitting islands, U.S.

Nala Wilson, Editor

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This year’s hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November, will go down in history as one of the worst on record.

It started with Hurricane Harvey, a Category 5 storm that roared through the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into Corpus Christi on Aug. 25 then bounced up the coast and made landfall by Galveston and traveled inland to flood Houston. Scientists saw Harvey on the radar weeks in advance, but no one could have been prepared for such a devastating disaster or predicted its course take it right to the fourth largest city in the U.S.

Having brought in so much rain and flooding, Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone recorded in the contiguous United States, according to Gizmodo. This tropical storm brought distress to the residents of Texas and few surrounding states. Nonette Clark, 54, was born and raised in Texas and has been there all of her life. In Harvey’s aftermath, she and her family looking out for themselves as well as helping out surrounding families. She said that “of all my years living here this is the worst storm” that she has experienced.

Hurricane Harvey had just begun to hit, and Nonette Clark’s backyard already started flooding. (Photo credit: Nonette Clark)

Lysa Saavedra, 47, also calls Texas her home sweet home and is overwhelmed with how much is going on in Texas. Since the area was in Harvey’s path, she admitted, “I drove down to Texas A&M branch, Corpus Christi, to evacuate my daughter.”

In Harvey’s wake, people have taken action. Many celebrities have donated money, clothing, food and love to the victims of the storm. More than just celebrities have spread the love and awareness, though. Neighbors and classmates have also donated, looking out for their fellow Americans affected by the disaster.

Shortly after the effects of Harvey started subsiding, the Hurricane Irma swirled through the Atlantic. Irma moved over the Caribbean Islands, wreaking destruction, and pounding the Florida Keys on Sept. 10 before moving up Florida’s west coast and into Georgia. South Carolina felt the effects, getting hit by rain and winds.

It swept vegetation clean off of islands and caused major flooding to coastal areas, including Charleston. Thousands of Florida natives were displaced due to the damage caused to homes and surrounding environments.

Tropical storm Irma was forceful enough to clear islands of their vegetation. (Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

There are more storms forming in the Atlantic coming off of Africa’s coast, including Maria, who smashed into Puerto Rico on Sept. 19.

Experts suggest you stay aware and updated. If you want to now ways to help victims look here for Harvey Victims and here for Irma Victims.