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Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Strength and resilience after the storm

01 December 2017

Not only was the 2017 hurricane season the most expensive on record, it also left hundreds dead.

Plenty more to be discussed and researched regarding this hurricane season.

Hurricane Harvey, which was a named storm from Aug. 17 until August 31, hit the Coastal Bend on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 storm and the damage was devastating. It was the 10th most intense Atlantic storm by barometric pressure. This is basically a measurement of all the energy that storms collectively produce. That extreme activity also followed a four-year string of Septembers from 2013 to 2016 that Klotzbach called the "quietest" four Septembers since the period between 1911 and 1914.

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In comparison, the damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was $108 billion, which has been the costliest hurricane in US history. Preliminary numbers suggest the cost could be close to $400-billion dollars.

Category 4 Harvey, the first major hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 2004, set a new US record for rainfall (60.5 inches near Nederland, Texas), the Miami Herald reported.

The combined tab from hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics. Hurricane Harvey dumped a record breaking 60-inches of rain for some places in Southeast Texas, causing horrific and deadly flooding.

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The team says that several factors likely combined to make for such a memorable year, including an El Niño that was anticipated in the spring of 2017 but did not develop.

A named storm is considered a hurricane when its sustained wind speeds are at least 74 miles per hour. The previous record was held by Hurricane Frances in 1980. - Made landfall in Cudjoe Key, FL as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. Much of the island remains without power more than two months later.

Maria tracked farther south than either Irma or Jose and brought catastrophic destruction to the Central Leeward Islands and the island of Puerto Rico before turning north into the Atlantic. As of November 30th, status.pr reports that almost 35% of customers are still without power. One of those was Ophelia, which by becoming the 10th straight storm of the season matched a record set in 1893.

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Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Strength and resilience after the storm