Observers said it would refill depleted emergency accounts, as the state of Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma which is even more powerful, and Texas is picking up the pieces after the devastation of Harvey. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the worth of the total of damaged goods at $160 billion in today's dollars. "This is when 95 percent of hurricanes and major hurricanes form".
Hurricane Irma, the biggest hurricane recorded in the Atlantic Basin, hit the Florida Keys Sunday morning leaving a path of destruction behind it. Its effects were more drastic especially in NY and New Jersey.
"We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 billion. This amounts to 0.5 of a percentage point of the GDP of $19 trillion", Myers said.
Three churches damaged as Hurricane Harvey made landfall filed a lawsuit in federal court early this week seeking the FEMA relief funds. However, when it made its second landfall along the coastline of southeastern Louisiana on August 29, 2005, the storm was said to have scaled up to a Category 3 hurricane.
The damage caused by both hurricanes is equal to 1.5 percent of the US economy. The Harvey response alone eventually could double the $136 billion in government aid spent after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans...
Galveston is considered to be the deadliest hurricane in the history of the country, having caused at least 8,000 to 12,000 deaths at the turn of the 20th century.
AccuWeather founder Dr. Joel Myers detailed the historic impact of the hurricanes, which are reportedly the first pair of Category 4 or higher storms to strike the USA mainland in the same season.
Hurricane Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys with 130 miles per hour winds on Sunday morning clinched this historic event. And that can cause more severe storms that have a more devastating impact as sea levels rise with the melting of our icy polar regions. It reached the same Category 5 as Harvey did when it broke loose in the Gulf Coast in 2005.
While some people who experience extreme weather events are more likely to support climate adaptation policies, IU public and environmental affairs professor David Konisky's study finds other factors go much further in explaining support.