Hurricanes Harvey (Category 3) and Irma (Category 4/5) have hit the Southern parts of the United States and left millions in devastation. On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast with winds topping 130mph and record rainfall of about 50 inches in one area. As it made its way ripping through Houston, it left 41 people dead and more than 300,000 displaced and seeking disaster assistance.


At the same time, meteorologists were tracking another storm climbing its way up through the Caribbean, projected to hit as a category 5 in Miami. As it made landfall, it completely destroyed islands such as Barbuda and St. Marteen. The small 63-mile wide island of Barbuda was demolished. Not a single living person lives on the island of Barbuda any more.


Prior to Irma reaching the United States, Floridians began to prepare – buying canned food, water, boarding up windows and filling up their gas tanks. Many evacuated, but many stayed in their homes and bunkered down to weather the storm.

Born and raised in Florida’s panhandle, Evita Person-Garcia says for as long as she can remember, her and her family have never evacuated during a hurricane. “I remember when Hurricane Opal hit in ’95 and helping my dad help board up the windows.” As she prepared for the storm to make landfall, she purchased canned foods, candles, batteries, etc.; however, stores in the area were sold out of water and gas prices had skyrocketed from $2.19 to $2.70 in a matter of days. Luckily, the filter on her refrigerator was sufficient that she could freeze giant Ziploc bags of water during the storm.


When asked what it feels like to endure a Hurricane of Irma’s magnitude, Mrs. Person-Garcia stated, “It’s like you’re in a haunted house, pitch black (because the power went out), and you hear all the eerie spirit noises and howling magnified by 10. And there’s nothing you can do about it except sit and wait.”


This week, many were able to go back to their homes to see what damage was done. The death toll is about 20 in the United States and double in the Caribbean.

Irma is recorded as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in history. And according to CNN, Jose (which was originally a Category 4 Hurricane), is now a tropical storm with winds of 70mph.


I don’t know about you, but I blame this biblical turn of events on the recent solar eclipse that the entire United States experienced.


If you would like to help in the relief efforts of Harvey and Irma, check out these awesome charities.


By CSuiteMusic Lifestyle Blogger Tiffany Garcia
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