Climate models demonstrate increases in the strength and number of storms. Although, it is important to note that there are fluctuating results that can happen from each model. Walsh & Wuebbles (2019) explain it best in saying that “all existing studies project greater rainfall rates inhurricanes in a warmer climate, with projected increases of about 20% averaged near the center of hurricanes” (para. 7). In all reality, no matter what factors contribute to the increases of intensity and numbers hurricanes rise to they can be extremely damaging from even the smallest hurricane to the bigger hurricanes, which are the deadliest. Killer Hurricanes
HURRICANE ANOMALY8Most people in the United States would immediately recall hurricane Katerina when asked about one of the deadliest hurricanes to hit the United States and in some respects, it was extremely destructive, but it was not the deadliest or the most destructive storm to hit United States coastlines. Hurricane Katerina was categorized as a level 5 that devastated the state of Louisiana and other states. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane but not the most deadly and a lot of people do not know that. The impact of Hurricane Katrina created a debt of over $120 billion in damages (Geology.com, 2019). The cost damages from Hurricane Katrina far exceed even the deadliest hurricane to come inland in America, which was the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.The Galveston, TX hurricane, also known as the Great Storm of 1900, was and still holdsthe record for the most lethal natural disaster in America’s history. It is also one of the deadliest hurricanes to impact areas outside of the United States like Canada and holds the number 4 spot for deadliest overall Atlantic hurricane. The Galveston hurricane also had a huge impact on the Dominican Republic, some landfalls of Cuba, Turks, Caicos Islands, Bahamas, New England andthe Midwestern states of America (Lyons, 2011).This was a category 4 hurricane and the deadliest natural disaster in the history of America with tides of 8 to 15 feet that overwhelmed the entire area of Galveston Island. As well, other portions of the nearby Texas’s coast were impacted by the enormous tidal waves. These massive tidal waves are mostly at fault for the deaths of eight thousand people as an average. There are multiple reports that state anywhere from six to twelve thousand fatalities were a result in the United States alone (LiveScience, 2008). Although Galveston was eventually rebuilt, it never fully recovered as it once held itself as the major port of call in the state of Texas before the storm. Without the knowledge we have
HURRICANE ANOMALY9today this is proof that a hurricane can have everlasting impacts on economic health and stability if they prove too powerful and unforgiving.