On Wednesday, as Hurricane Maria lashed into Puerto Rico with hurricane force winds over 145 mph, the residents braced for the storm’s devastating impact. Photo courtesy of ABC News.
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A Terrible Hurricane Season
Who could have imagined just a month ago that the U.S. and Caribbean would suffer three Category 5 hurricanes in one year. But, as Maria slams into Puerto Rico, after wiping out Dominica, the terrible truth is that this is one of the worst hurricane seasons on record. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, thousands of jobs are lost and families from Dominica in the eastern Caribbean to Houston, Texas are struggling to survive. There are many relief funds set up to help victims and we encourage those who can to be generous. And for our cruising community, there has never been a time when we needed to pull together more and lend those in need a hand. (The photo shows sunken cruising boats in Cruz Bay, St., John, USVI. Courtesy of www.voanews.com)
After Harvey and Irma—and with Maria on the way—we look at why this hurricane season has been so active.
Just as Hurricane Harvey wrapped up its devastation of Houston, Irma got into line behind it and quickly built into the strongest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Now, the Category 5 storm Maria leaves behind widespread destruction on the Caribbean island of Dominica, and it’s now taking aim at Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It’s hard to avoid comparisons to the last time two such powerful storms threatened U.S. landfall in the catastrophic 2005 hurricane season, 12 years ago.
As in 2005, when Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in rapid succession, the country is staring down the barrel of multiple hurricanes making landfall. In the face of multiple major storms, a reasonable person might wonder why this season seems worse for U.S. cities, and why the last dozen years brought fewer large hurricanes to U.S. shores. Read more.
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