Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael

Satellite view of Hurricane Florence

Satellite view of Hurricane Florence

Peter Danaher, Staff Writer

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The United States was hit by two hurricanes almost back to back with Hurricane Florence, coming in early September, and Hurricane Michael in October. Both of these hurricanes brought devastation to their respective regions and are evidence of a worrying trend that could be dangerous for the whole world.

Hurricane Florence was a category four hurricane which lasted from August 31st to September 19th. Most of the damage occurred in the Carolinas. The majority of the destruction was caused by freshwater flooding due to the heavy rains that the storm brought. Hurricane Florence broke the record of the wettest tropical cyclone in South Carolina when it dropped a maximum of 35.95 inches of rain(Wikipedia). The hurricane killed 37 people according to CBS News. Even after the storm, the flooding has continued. The storm brought over $16.7 billion in damages.

Hurricane Michael lasted from October 7th to 16th. This was also a category four hurricane. The storm mainly affected Florida and Georgia and killed sixty people in total. (Wikipedia). Most of the damage it brought was from its high winds. Many homes in Florida were not prepared for these winds causing a lot of them to be destroyed (CNN). Overall, the hurricane caused over $14.5 billion in damages (Wikipedia).

Both of these hurricanes are part of a dangerous trend that is being caused by global warming. In recent decades, especially this past summer many extreme weather events have been occurring (The Washington Post). Hurricanes are not the only weather events that were brought about by this trend. Climate change has also caused droughts, wildfires, and heatwaves. As time goes on and the planet gets warmer, these extreme weather events will continue to get worse and worse. Climate change will be a huge problem for future generations.

 

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