Hurricane Matthew Hurricane

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A tropical storm given the name Matthew, terrorized the Caribbean and east coast of the USA. It started as a tropical wave that later developed into a tropical storm, becoming one of the deadliest hurricanes in recent memory. Causing thousands of deaths, injuries, billions of dollars in damages, and the impact on millions of people 's lives. The development of this storm, the damages caused, the short and long term effects, and the government 's response to the storm, is information the world needs to be aware about. Hurricane Matthew has demolished the Caribbean and east coast, with the damage caused those affected as well as their community are struggling, the government needs to do more. Hurricane Matthew was a powerful storm spanning from …show more content…
The high speeding winds knocking over trees, or the powerful waves combined with intense rainfall have caused serious amounts of damage. Almost every country struck by the storm has been affected by severe flooding. The Dominican Republic arguably was affected the least. With over eight inches of rain, flooding became a major issue in inner communities resulting in the death of four people (Morales, 2016). Haiti unfortunately was struck the hardest. Evacuation notices did not seem to do enough as the hurricane wiped out a large portion of the country as well as those who live there. In Haiti it is estimated that there are about 1600 casualties with many more injured or missing. The damage caused, has put millions of people out of a home with nearly 800 thousand people in dire need of food (Thorbecke, 2016). The rest of the Caribbean also experienced devastating flooding as well as flash flooding. The east coast of the United States was hit at a lesser impact than expected, but they had to evacuate millions of people in caution. Post storm, the east coast has billions of dollars in damage, with a far less death total than other countries impacted. Fayetteville, North Carolina, experienced severe flooding from the storm. Over 100 thousand homes, businesses, and other buildings have been damaged (Wright, 2016). In other states roads were closed off …show more content…
It has been compared to other major storms in history like: Hurricane Katrina which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, or Hurricane Sandy which affected the north eastern part of the United States in 2012. Hurricane Matthew was deadly and caused plenty of damage. But compared to hurricane Katrina and Sandy the price of damage is much lower. Hurricane Katrina had over one-hundred billion dollars of damage with Sandy coming in just over seventy-one billion dollars (N/A, 2016). If hurricane Matthew would have struck land at a category 2 storm the price of the damage could of been closer to that of hurricane Sandy’s. Even though Matthew is ranked lower in damages caused, it was more fatal than Hurricane Sandy but slightly less than Katrina. Hurricanes can always be compared to others based on the statistics of the storm. Rainfall, wind speed, casualties, damage, and the impact on the community as a whole can be compared to past storms. When future storms occur they will be compared to Matthew, just like how Matthew was compared to past

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