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Hurricane Harvey (17 Aug 2017 – 3 Sept 2017)

by Vishal Kumar

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating tropical cyclone that struck the United States in late August 2017. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005.

Path of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey formed in the Atlantic Ocean on August 13, 2017, as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa. The storm gradually strengthened as it moved across the Atlantic, becoming a hurricane on August 24. It made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on August 25. The storm stalled over southeast Texas for several days, causing catastrophic flooding in Houston and other areas. It then moved back out to sea before making a second landfall in southwestern Louisiana on August 30 as a tropical storm. The storm caused extensive damage and flooding in both Texas and Louisiana.

Hurricane Harvey Category

Hurricane Harvey was classified as a Category 4 hurricane at its peak intensity just before it made landfall in Texas. According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, Category 4 hurricanes have sustained wind speeds of between 130 and 156 miles per hour (209 to 251 km/h). The storm’s central pressure also dropped to 938 millibars, which is an indication of its strength. The storm’s category was later downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved further inland.

Damage From Harvey

Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic damage when it made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017. The storm brought heavy rainfall and flooding that inundated homes, businesses, and infrastructure throughout the affected areas. The flooding was particularly severe in Houston, where many neighborhoods were completely submerged. The storm’s strong winds also caused significant damage to buildings and other structures, with some areas experiencing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km/h).

The economic impact of Hurricane Harvey was also significant, with the total cost of the storm estimated to be more than $125 billion. In addition to the financial costs, the storm was responsible for at least 107 confirmed deaths and displaced thousands of people from their homes and communities. The recovery and rebuilding process following Hurricane Harvey has been ongoing, with many challenges still facing affected communities.

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