Record breaking hurricanes wreak havoc

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The view from an apartment in Kingwood, Texas during hurricane Harvey. Photo provided by Misty Brock.

The view from an apartment in Kingwood, Texas during hurricane Harvey. Photo provided by Misty Brock.

The view from an apartment in Kingwood, Texas during hurricane Harvey. Photo provided by Misty Brock.

Sarah Liden, Writer

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Devastation has plagued North America this past week with an earthquake in Mexico, the ambush of forest fires in California, and possibly the most deadly, the landfall of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Harvey made landfall on August 25, destroying everything in its path for four days, bringing massive floods to the Houston, Texas area. The havoc continued to reign as Harvey destroyed areas of Louisiana, Nicaragua, Belize, and Honduras. As of September 10, the death toll for Harvey remains at 70, as many as 30 reported deaths coming from Harris county, Texas. I had the chance to speak with Misty Brock, a resident of Dayton, Texas about her experience living through this record breaking disaster.

“We live about 30 miles east of Houston. I wouldn’t say we had the most damage, but areas close to us were very bad. The damage near us was more due to flooding than wind,” said Brock.

The devastation continued throughout the week, as Hurricane Irma began to form, chasing Harvey. Irma made landfall in Key West, Florida, slamming surrounding islands and cities. It then made a second landfall south of Naples, on Marco Island. This natural disaster, although still a major threat to Floridians, has downgraded to a category 2 hurricane (as of 5 pm Sunday) as it climbs up the coast of Florida. With winds staying at a solid 110 mph, Floridians are urged to stay indoors and keep safe.

Things could get even more interesting in the coming weeks as hurricanes Jose and Katia both continue to grow in waters south of the United States. What impact they will have on the US remains to be seen.

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