Surviving a Hurricane

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Hurricane strikes are merciless, devastating anything that stands in its way. Written by Amazon best selling author, Alexander Hernandez, Surviving a Hurricane is a practical guide full of simple and easy to use tips to survive the next natural disaster whether before, during, or after. Whether it is hacks with household items, hiring contractors to fix up your home after a hurricane, or dealing with your real property insurance company, Surviving a Hurricane provides you the foundation you need to be prepared. This book is updated regularly.

Excerpt:

Between my birth year of 1972 through present day 2017, there has been a total of one hundred seventy-three (173) named storms that have made landfall in Florida. This not only averages out to 3.84 named storms per year, but that also means every year of my forty-five years alive there has been a hurricane or tropical storm/depression that has made landfall in Florida. As a matter of fact, since 1950, there has only been two years that named storms did not hit Florida, and that was in 1954 and 1967. Florida has been spared twice in sixty-seven years! The year of 2005 by far had the most named storms with twenty-eight.

When I started writing this, once I got power after Hurricane Irma, I had already seen the destructiveness of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. On August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf. It was the first major hurricane at a Category 4 to make landfall in the United States since 2005.

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Texas was battered with consistent winds of one hundred thirty miles per hour and Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston with forty to fifty inches of rain. Tens of thousands of rescues were made, not including all the rescues by an untold infinite number of civilians. Hurricane Harvey resulted in more than thirty thousand residents being displaced and eighty-two deaths. The damages of Hurricane Harvey are estimated to be at 190 billion dollars, making it the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

On September 10, 2017, barely two weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma crashed into the laidback cluster of islands that is known worldwide as the Florida Keys. Hurricane Irma was so powerful, that is was registering on seismometers which are the machines used to register earthquakes.

Irma was the ninth storm and the fourth hurricane of the 2017 hurricane season. With Hurricane Irma, Florida dodged a bullet(s) since winds were registered initially at one hundred eighty-five miles per hour for thirty-seven hours. That is a record set for the Atlantic and it was also registered as a Category 5 hurricane for three days which almost broke the previous record. Nothing, and I mean nothing, could have withstood such powerful winds. Irma had the potential to wipe out Florida and remove it from the map of the United States, leaving nothing behind but an uninhabited peninsula. Luckily, Hurricane Irma lost some strength as it left Cuba and traveled through the Florida Straits in direction of the Florida Keys. Irma hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane, after leaving Cuba a Category 5. By the time it reached Marco Island, it was a Category 3 hurricane, and even then, look at all the devastation it caused.

Hurricane Irma was the strongest storm to hit landfall in Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Damages are expected to exceed $50 billion dollars and over a $120 billion overall if you include the Caribbean. Thirty-four people were killed in Florida because of Hurricane Irma. Another thirty-four were killed in the Caribbean, three in Georgia, four in South Carolina, and one in North Carolina.

Hurricane Irma was so massive, that it was four hundred miles across, almost the size of Texas, and hit both coasts of Florida simultaneously since Florida is less than one hundred fifty miles wide from coast-to-coast. The media showed how two Hurricane Andrews fit inside one Hurricane Irma. A record breaking 5.6 million residents were ordered to evacuate and 6.8 million people were left without electricity. But it’s not over.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria obliterated the island nation of Puerto Rico that just barely escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irma. Eighteen inches of rain left Puerto Rico underwater with some areas getting as much as thirty-five inches of rain. Hurricane Maria is the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in more than eighty years. As of October 16, 2017, Hurricane Maria can be blamed for forty-five deaths. The immediate effects will be felt for months as power is not expected to be restored to Puerto Rico for at least four to six months, leaving 3.4 million people in the dark. Now, take a second to give that fact thought.

 

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