Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Autumn Lee, Journalist

On August 30, 2017, a tropical storm began in the Atlantic Ocean, which would develop into Hurricane Irma. By September 5, Irma had reached status as a Category 5 hurricane, reaching peak wind speeds of 185 mph. It caused extensive damage across several Caribbean islands before making landfall in Florida on September 10, as a Category 4 hurricane. Many counties in Florida were ordered to evacuate, and it is reported that Irma caused the largest evacuation in the state’s history. 

 

One resident who evacuated her Ft. Lauderdale home was Lynne Schreiber. She and her husband and golden retriever traveled to Sebring, Florida, located in the center of the state, in order to wait out the storm in safety. Before leaving her home, she and her husband prepared it by putting up hurricane shutters and moving their lawn furniture inside. She said that she has lived in south Florida for 12 years and has experienced 3 hurricanes, but this is the first time she has evacuated. When she returned to her home on Monday afternoon, September 11, she and about six million other Floridians were without power. Mrs. Schreiber said her home did not suffer any damage, but her yard was a mess, with downed trees and debris. When asked about her impressions upon returning home, she remarked, “Hurricane Irma’s size surprised me, it was a storm unlike any other.”

Irma was one of the largest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the United States, and it will be some time before Florida is back to normal. In the meantime, you can help by donating to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma