Planet Earth has seriously experienced some trauma in 2017. We have had two once in every 500 years storms, and there’s more to come.
It was hard enough to believe that we had two category four hurricanes hit the United States in one week, but you might find it even harder to believe that there is yet another category five hurricane following right in the path of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey have caused approximately $180 billion dollars worth of damage, devastated the lives of millions, and even completely taken the lives of several people. But that’s not all! Southeast Asia has been experiencing record-setting monsoon rains causing extreme flooding and the devastation of many different cities and poverty-stricken villages throughout India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
As if the three record-setting natural disasters we have experienced this year weren’t enough, there is yet another storm brewing up in the Atlantic ocean – almost identically following the path of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Maria has just been announced to be a category five storm and it’s getting closer and closer to the Caribbean. There have been reported sustained wind speeds of over 160 miles per hour and tropical storm warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Lucia.
According to meteorologists, Maria has already broken a record for the fastest storm intensification jumping from category 1 to a category 5 within just 24 hours. Even Puerto Rico is expected to feel the wrath of Maria as issues for the island have already been declared as a state of Emergency. They expect to have anywhere between 6 and 12 inches of rain in the Leeward Islands on Wednesday.
There is certainly some intense weather malfunctioning going on in the Atlantic as Hurricane Maria is just another storm in a series of destructive Hurricane Jose and the tropical depression Lee. We aren’t sure why there are so many catastrophic events going on in the oceans right now, but we know one thing; mother nature isn’t playing around. Stay safe and dry out there this storm season – it’s gonna be a long one!