Heartless Harvey Hits Houston

GIOVANNI MENACHO

The south of the United States was recently hit by a series of hurricanes that left states like Florida and Texas submerged in water and caused severe damage across countless areas. As a background, to understand the recent events, hurricanes are caused by a combination of cool and warm winds.

The cause of the chain of hurricanes in the months of August and September are strongly linked to climate change. The increase in temperatures, warms
the oceans causing more water to evaporate into the atmosphere, therefore creating clashes of wind, and ultimately hurricanes.

Hurricane Harvey is the hurricane that recently impacted Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Yucatán Peninsula, Windward Islands and The United States of America, affecting the states of Texas and Louisiana the most. It affected 13 million people across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The dates in which Hurricane Harvey was present in the aforementioned states were from Aug. 25, 2017 to Sept. 2, 2017. Hurricane Harvey was categorized as a Category 4 storm.

The damages of the natural disaster cost over $100 billion dollars. To put the damages into perspective, over 203,000 homes were damaged by the hurricane and about 12,700 were destroyed. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he would need more than $125 billion in federal relief to pay for all the damages caused by this unprecedented natural disaster. Not only has Harvey caused damages, it has also caused many casualties, according to the New York Times. As of Sept. 9, 2017, about 70 have been confirmed dead. The deceased include a Houston Police Offcer, civilians who died while trapped in cars, and children clinging onto their unresponsive loved ones.

As a timeline, the first 24 hours of the rain totaled up to two feet. At its peak during Sept. 1, one third of Houston was underwater. Near the end, the rainfall added up to about 50 inches of rain, recreating pictures previously seen when Katrina hit New Orleans; people standing on their roofs waiting for rescue reports to save them.

Another fact about Harvey is that it made landfall three separate times in six days, which was the first-time landfall occurred in Texas since Hurricane Cecilia in 1970. Hurricane Harvey is now compared to Hurricane Katrina due to its sustainable damage to everything in its path. Now Hurricane Harvey is considered the second most destructive hurricane in recorded history.

The positive aspect to Hurricane Harvey is the huge volunteer report and acts of kindness. An example witnessed throughout all the chaos was a businessman who turned his mattress store into a safe haven for people affected. Also, the Houston Independent School District announced that all students will receive three free meals a day for the school year that follows. Other acts of kindness were carried out by local organizations which include, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, City of Houston Emergency Operations Center, Houston Food Bank, United Way of Greater Houston, and many more. National organizations include, All Hands Volunteers,

American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Save the Children and many more . Online organizations also got involved which include, Airbnb providing shelter for a ected victims, GoFundMe, and YouCaring.

All in all, Hurricane Harvey caused havoc in the south, never to be forgotten by the victims who survived it. Although Harvey was the first hurricane to strongly a ect the United States this summer, it is proven that it will not be the last after Irma hit Florida soon after Harvey. These unfortunate events can only be surpassed through working together as one to rebuild what was lost.

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