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Hurricane Harvey

The disaster and aftermath of the monster hurricane

Madison Henke and Kaniah Moore-Williams

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Touching down in southern Texas, Hurricane Harvey made his appearance. Harvey began August 26th, slowly moving to the east into the Gulf of Mexico, but made a final touchdown in Cameron, Louisiana. The hurricane’s eye came ashore in Rockport, Texas where the storm remained there for 117 consecutive hours making Harvey the longest hurricane to land in Texas, according to National Geographic’s.

Harvey struck Texas as a Category 4 storm, as the first major hurricane to strike the mainland since Hurricane Wilma struck Florida in 2005. Winds reached up to 132 miles per hour (mph). The storm made landfall twice in the state of Texas and once as a tropical storm in the southwest region of Louisiana, according to ABC News.

As rain continuously fell, there was over 51 inches of precipitation recorded from Tropical Storm Harvey, breaking the record of Tropical Storm Amelia of 1978. Since the storm the fatality rate has climbed to 71, as rescuers continue to search for the missing. Throughout the devastation there are countless homes and cars that have been destroyed and deemed a complete wreck. The car dependent state faces the loss of up to a million damaged cars.

“For the restoration and rebuilding of the state, I believe every penny, time, and effort count towards the next step,” said Melan Hayes, current senior.

As for the recovery, there have been countless donations and fundraisers held to contribute to the cleanup and restoration of the state.“Hand in Hand” a relief telethon raised over $44 million dollars, the BeyGood charity founded by singer Beyoncé Knowles that provides shelter, food, and clothing. These are only a small fraction of what is being done to help Houston adjust.

“We are still in a rescue/recovery. Probably a 25% rescue; 75% recovery,” said Maj. Roy Williams, the incident commander for the Salvation Army’s response team in Texas’ Golden Triangle — made up of hard-hit Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange counties. Since the hurricane, there are still many people in need of shelter and many homes are still submerged and search teams are still out.

“I have donated a few dollars to the charity’s and plan to give more in the weeks to come,” said Dashawn Esters, current senior. It is a good thing that they are doing down there and will truly help the people recover, Esters further explained. As of now, the cleanup is still in progress and further devastation is behind them.

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