Hurricane Irma Strikes Florida, Jose to Follow

As Hurricane Harvey ends, Hurricane Irma, a category two storm, follows up and wreaks havoc on Florida. Irma made landfall Sunday, with winds up to 110 mph. and gusts over 140 mph. Irma has done much damage to Naples and Tampa already, with destructive winds, flooding, storm surges, and extremely heavy rainfall. Irma is over 400 miles in radius, taking over most of Florida.

Last Wednesday, Hurricane Irma was being watched as it hit the Caribbean Islands as a category five hurricane.

“Hurricane Irma is moving closer to the Caribbean. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the hurricane warning area in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday,” according to the National Weather Service.

As Irma makes landfall, another hurricane, Jose, heads toward Mexico and the southern states. As of Friday, Jose has strengthened to a category one hurricane in the Atlantic, increasing to a category four Sunday morning, with winds up to 110 mph. Jose has yet to make landfall, but there are still warnings for some islands, including St. Martin and St. Barts as it stalls between islands.

Lastly, another hurricane is on the watch. Hurricane Katia made landfall in Mexico, with Jose barely missing those same islands that Irma and Katia both hit. Katia’s winds have only reached 75 mph, but are rapidly increasing.

As of Aug. 30, Harvey had made its final landfall near Cameron, LA, leaving behind flooded and destroyed cities in Texas, with damaged buildings and abandoned animals. As Harvey took on Texas, so did small, but powerful, tornadoes.

Hurricane Harvey was a category four hurricane that destroyed most of southeastern Texas, leaving behind broken cities and families. Harvey had broken the tropical cyclone records.

“Harvey’s long-lived odyssey has come to an end but its catastrophic impacts will be felt for weeks and months to come,” says The Weather Channel.

Talawanda has been taking donations for the past week for Harvey relief, including bottled water and canned food.

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