Where Was\nHurricane Irma?\n\n\n\nThe state of Florida evacuated people from it in August of 2017. Hurricane Irma was going to be a category 5 storm that would make landfall throughout the state. \n\n\n\nIt was\nsupposed to have the same type of winds that hurricane Katrina had in\n2005. Floridians feared for the worse.\nBusiness owners were fearful that their businesses would be destroyed, and\nothers ran for their lives. Hurricane\nKatrina had taken nearly 2,000 lives and people living in Florida feared that hurricane\nKatrina might take theirs as well. \n\n\n\nThe storm\nIrma was a Cape Verde Hurricane. This\nmeans that the storm was in the Atlantic Ocean. \nIt begins at a low altitude. It\nis a tropical storm that passes over the Cape Verde Islands. Hurricane Irma did\ncause a lot of damage. \n\n\n\nThe Leeward\nIslands never had a storm like Hurricane Irma. They got hit with it in\nSeptember of 2017. Hurricane Maria also\nstruck these Islands only 2 weeks later. \n\n\n\n\nThe problem\nwith Irma is that it lasted for a long time. \n The Florida Keys and the Caribbean\ntook most of the Impact from Irma. \nHurricane historians say that Irma was the most powerful storm to impact\nthe United States since 2005 with Katrina. \n\n\n\n\nWhen Irma hit the keys, it was the first major hurricane since Wilma. It was also the first hurricane to make landfall on Florida as a category four storm since Charlie. People began calling hurricane Charlie Armageddon. \n\n\n\nOn August 30th,\nweather experts saw that hurricane Irma had formed as a tropical wave in 2017. By August 31, it had become a strong hurricane\nthree storm. For several days, meteorologists saw this hurricane go back and\nforth between a category 2 and 3 storms. \nIt had a few eyewall replacements cycles. \n\n\n\nHowever, on\nSeptember 4th, weather experts saw this hurricane turn into a category\n4 storm. On September 5th, it\nwas a strong category 5 storm. On\nSeptember 6, 2017, Irma had wind speeds of 180 miles per hour. This looked even worse than hurricane\nKatrina. \n\n\n\nLuckily another eyewall replacement cycle caused Irma to drop back down to a category 4. However, when it made landfall in Cuba, it was a category 5. For A while, the storm did become a hurricane 2 storm while passing over Cuba. However, the category 2 stage did not last for long. It began to get stronger again and turned into a category 4 storm once again. \n\n\n\nThe storm\nbegan moving towards the straits of Florida and hit Cudjoe Key. Afterwards Irma became a category 3 storm as it\nlanded on Marco Island during the same day. \nIt went on to hit Alabama and then onto Missouri on September 13th.\n\n\n\n\nWhere Did\nHurricane Irma Cause Catastrophic Damage?\n\n\n\nVirgin IslandsBarbudaAnguillaSaint BarthelmySaint Martin\n\n\n\nHurricane\nIrma took an estimated 125 lives. It was\nfar less than hurricane Katrina, but still significant for a hurricane. In 2017, the keyword term \u201churricane Irma\u201d\nwas the most searched term on Google. \n\n\n\nThe National\nHurricane Center started to track this tropical wave on August 26, 2017. The National Hurricane Center is responsible\nfor tracking hurricanes for the United States. \nThe storm was originally in Western Africa. \n\n\n\nThe storm left West Africa on August 27th. \n\n\n\nHurricane\nIrma in the Caribbean\n\n\n\nThe\nsovereign states of Barbuda and Antigua started to prepare for the impact of\nhurricane Irma. Emergency helpers were\nput on standby in hospitals and shelters on September 5, 2017. \n\n\n\nBarbuda was\ntold that they were about to take a direct hit from Irma. All the residents took shelter and embraced\nfor the worst. In Saint Lucia, swimmers\nand people operating small airplanes were put on alert. Hurricane Irma was showing no signs of\nslowing down. \n\n\n\nIn Guadeloupe,\nthere was fear of flooding. People also evacuated their homes. Businesses and schools were shut down right\naround September 5th. Hospitals\nwere storing around 3 days of supplies. \nIt also prepared its backup generators in case power got lost. \n\n\n\nOn September\n4, 2017, Puerto Rico went into a state of emergency. Emergency supplies were flown in that\nincluded: blankets, food and medical supplies. \n\n\n\n\nHurricane\nIrma in Florida\n\n\n\nOn September\n4, 2017, Rick Scott (governor of Florida) declared a state of emergency. There were approximately 100 national\nguardsmen on duty to assist in operations. \nOn September 8, all 7,000 soldiers were on duty. \n\n\n\nThe state of\nFlorida was working closely with electrical companies such as FPL (Florida Power\nand Light) to restore electric as fast as possible when it goes out. They had around 24,000 electrical restoration\nemployees\/contractors ready to restore power. \n\n\n\n\nThe governor Rick Scott also suspended all tolls in Florida so that Floridians and its visitors can leave Florida quickly. Between September 8th and 11th, schools and most government agency buildings were closed. On September 9th, 150 state parks closed. \n\n\n\nThere were\napproximately 700 emergency shelters that opened throughout the state of Florida. Florida also opened 60 special needs shelters\nas well. Airports were also closed. Around 9,000+ flights were cancelled to land\nin Florida. Throughout the coasts of\nFlorida, seaports were also closed. \n\n\n\nYes, even\nWal Disney World closed completely. This\nwas the 5th time that it had been shut down during its 45-year\nhistory. There were approximately 6.5 million\nFlorida residents that were ordered to evacuate. \n\n\n\nWhat Happened\nWhen Hurricane Irma Hit?\n\n\n\nOn September\n6th, hurricane Irma hit Barbuda. \n Barbuda is in the eastern Caribbean. This powerful storm destroyed or severely damaged\naround 95% of the structures. It brought\ngreat damage to hotels, hospitals and it destroyed its two hotels. In many streets, it flattened entire\nneighborhoods. The airport had to be closed\nbecause it had no power and was severely damaged. It is estimated that it had around 300\nmillion dollars in damages. \n\n\n\nWhat\nHappened in Saint Martin?\n\n\n\nHurricane\nIrma hit Saint Martin on September 6, 2017. \nIt swept away many structures and swept away many cars and destroyed\nroads. It also caused power outages. It literally ripped trees from their roots\nand threw them all over the place. \n\n\n\nDebris was\nflying everywhere and often destroying stores and signs. There was around 950 million dollars in damages. \n\n\n\nHere is a\nList of the Most Intense Hurricanes Ever Recorded in History:\n\n\n\nDean \u2013 2007Dorian \u2013 2019Katrina \u2013 2005Cuba \u2013 1924, 1932Gilbert \u2013 1988Camille \u2013 1969Janet \u2013 1955Michael - 2018\n\n\n\nWhat Can\nWe Learn from Hurricane Irma?\n\n\n\nHurricane Irma taught us that stronger hurricanes than Katrina are beginning to surface. Even hurricane Dorian was bigger than Katrina and would have been more catastrophic if it did land in the state of Florida. \n\n\n\nHurricanes\nlike Irma are teaching the world that you must evacuate when you hear of a\nstorm coming into your area and prepare well in advance. It teaches us to never underestimate the\npower of these storms because they are becoming much more severe. \n\n\n\nIt seems that in the future, we may want to start moving more inland if you live on a coast where hurricanes can hit your home and community. It would be hard to live year around in a home that is on the coasts of Florida because there is a high chance that you will get hit by a hurricane at some point. \n\n\n\nIt\u2019s best to\nstart preparing for the future now. I believe that hurricane Irma and Dorian\nwere two major predicters of where weather is going to take us in the future. Hurricanes are becoming much more active now\nthan ever before in recorded history. \n\n\n\nIt takes just one hurricane to destroy your entire life. If a major hurricane hits your area, you could experience job loss or layoffs. The business that you work in could be destroyed or out of business for several months and even years. \n\n\n\nI believe\nthat we are living in historic times and hurricanes are becoming much more\nactive in Florida and along the east coast. \nEven North Carolina has been receiving hurricane warnings along the\ncoast. It\u2019s tough to say when the next\nmajor hurricane is going to hit. However, preparing for your future is necessary.\n\n\n\n\nAlways have\na hurricane emergency plan in place. You need to know where you and your family\nwill go during an emergency. Can you stay with a relative in another state if\nyou must evacuate? Do you have enough\nmoney for temporary housing somewhere else? \n\n\n\n\nYou can stay in a campground that is relatively inexpensive during a hurricane. If you live in Florida and evacuate into Kentucky, you may find that its only around $200.00 a month to pitch a tent and stay on the campgrounds. \n\n\n\nYou can use their showers and stay there until your area has been okay to go back into. If you can afford to buy an RV, you can live in that in another state while the hurricane passes by as well. You can park your RV in a state like Kentucky or Tennessee. No matter where you decide to live, its important for you to have a plan that works for you and your family.