Texas still has a long road ahead of them as they pick up the pieces from Hurricane Harvey, and it seems that Mother Nature isn’t finished with the United States quite yet.
Harvey pounded the Texas shoreline as a powerful category 4 hurricane before stalling out over the metro Houston area for several days. Inland Texas will likely be flooded in some areas for another week, as displaced citizens crowd evacuation shelters and fight off insensitive reporters from CNN. The damage done by Harvey will likely exceed the cumulative cost of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina cleanup, which, at the time was the most expensive natural disaster in American history.
Now, merely days later, another powerful storm looks to be heading stateside, this time from the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Caribbean. While it may be too early to tell its exact path of destruction, authorities are warning that Florida could be effected by Hurricane Irma as early as Friday of this week.
“Meteorologists expect the Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, to remain a ‘dangerous major hurricane’ through the week and to arrive in South Florida by Friday morning.
“Modeling by the National Hurricane Center shows the outer bands of the slow-moving, potentially dangerous storm lashing Key West and Miami by 8 a.m.
“Irma is continuing a slow march toward the Leeward Islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St. Kitts, which are bracing for the storm’s arrival late Tuesday or early Wednesday.