Hurricane Irma paid a brutal visit to Florida on Sunday and Monday after thrashing several Caribbean islands for much of last week. The storm, once a fierce and record-breaking Category 5, had downgraded to a tropical storm Monday afternoon and was gradually weakening as it moved over northern Florida toward Georgia. As the storm’s final gusts dissipate, the southern part of Florida is now reckoning with flotsam and flooding. The extent of the wreckage is still unclear, yet early images emerging from the state show significant flooding and damage to buildings, vehicles, boats, and trees in the Florida Keys, Everglades City, Miami, Naples, and small towns in between. These photos offer a glimpse of the destruction Irma has wrought in the state.
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After steamrolling several Caribbean islands as a category 5 storm on Wednesday, Hurricane Irma — one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean — continues to churn on what appears to be a direct course toward the Bahamas and then South Florida. The storm is the latest in an already catastrophic hurricane season, which lasts from June to the end of November for the Atlantic Ocean. It follows Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of Texas including Houston last week and caused damage estimated to be worth more than $100 billion. The US has seen plenty of catastrophic and costly storms throughout its history, with single events causing billions of dollars in damage. Here’s a look at some of the most devastating, costly storms ever to hit the US.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas over the weekend, delivering several feet of rain across the southeastern part of the state and driving thousands of residents from their homes. At least nine people have been confirmed dead, and authorities expect the figure will rise. The storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of up to 130 mph, has been downgraded to a tropical storm as of Monday evening. Forecasters predict the rain will continue until Thursday — by then, total rainfall may reach 50 inches in certain areas. These photos show of the scale of the storm’s damage.
Over the centuries there have been many natural disasters that have stolen human lives and left destruction and havoc for the survivors. Sometimes these incidents are ranked based on damage, loss of lives or the amount of money that it cost to rebuild. Therefore defining the worst natural disasters of all times is subjective and depends on the criteria used. However, these horrific 25 natural disasters events are often considered to be the worst events on record.
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