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The Devastating Effects of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

Brooke Dobbs, Staff Writer

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Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey have been a tragedy to all, especially those who live in Texas and Florida. Residents of these areas were bombarded with millions of dollars worth of damage. Not only did the wind do damage, but there was a lot of flooding as well.

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane which is the only hurricane to reach that category since Image result for hurricane harveyCharley in 2004. Harvey has taken the lives of 82 Texans. Hurricane Irma, however, began as a category 5 hurricane which weakened down to a category 2 hurricane. It has taken the lives of 69 Floridians.

Hurricane Irma and hurricane Harvey caused a total of 150-200 billion dollars worth of damage to both Texas and Florida. This cost is easily compared to the cost of damage caused by Katrina back in 2005. Only 18% of homeowners in both Texas and Florida are ensured under flood insurance, which only covered about 204 million dollars worth of damage.

According to Taisha in Orlando, Florida, schools were being closed down and used for shelters for those who weren’t able to stay in their homes because of all of the damage. Not only did schools close down, but so did stores, for two days in fact. When they reopened, there was plenty of food for the people trying to survive the hurricane.

Paola, who’s from Galveston, Texas said that there was nowhere for them to go which was terrifying. Galveston is an island right off of the coast of Texas. The only place they would have been able to go is Houston which was already being flooded. $23 billion of the Hurricane Harvey damage was done right in Galveston, Texas.

$180 billion has been raised for these hurricanes, including donations from apple and federal businesses. You can go to www.gofundme.com/hurricaneharvey or www.gofundme.com/irma to donate.

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