Hurricanes cause damage in southern states

Briana Deferreira, Staff Writer

There has been a lot in the news recently about numerous hurricanes forming over the Atlantic and the destruction caused in Texas, Florida, and on numerous smaller islands. Many people have been saying there have been more hurricanes this year than ever before. Do you think that’s true?

If so then you may be surprised to learn that you’re actually wrong. Studies show that in the year 2005 alone there were 28 tropical cyclones, which later turned into 15 hurricanes.

In fact you may be shocked to hear that this year there have been five hurricanes, and that doesn’t even make the top 10 list of the number of storms to occur in this short period of time. Although 2017 may not have the most amount of hurricanes, it has definitely caused a lot a tragedy globally.

Some students and staff members at LHS have family that was in the Florida area during the time of the storm.

Senior Rachel Picard says that “there was a boat in my cousin’s street and she could still sail it” because of how high the flood water was.

Thankfully her cousin was safe and not harmed during this disaster, unlike hundreds of unfortunate people in the Caribbean Islands. Many generous people have been making donations to help fix a little of the damage cause by this horrific storm.

According to CNN, the damage to these islands and places like Texas and Florida will  “exceed $150 billion” in costs to repair. This does not include hurricanes that have yet to make landfall.

“AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe modeling firm, estimates that insured losses in the U.S. from Hurricane Irma will range from $25 to $35 billion. For Hurricane Harvey, analysts estimate that insured losses will be just above $10 billion.”

Hurricane Irma, according to Business Insider, is the 11th strangest hurricane that has ever occurred throughout history.