Hurricane Irma: The Next Weather Disaster

Although most of our attention is placed On Houston Texas because of Hurricane Harvy, there is another monster brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meteorologist’s have projected that it will become a category 3 by the time it passes over the Turks and Cacaos. As of right now, it is an estimated 5 days out from the coast of hitting us. The projections of where this hurricane is supposed to hit is not too accurate. Ranging all the way from Canada to Texas for its destructive path, we must be prepared this time.

According to CNN,

“Irma was designated a tropical storm Wednesday morning, and by Thursday afternoon, it had strengthened into a large Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph.
How are hurricanes named?

Such explosive strengthening is known as “rapid intensification,” defined by the National Hurricane Center as having its wind speed increase at least 30 knots (35 mph) in 24 hours.”

When a hurricane forms in the eastern Atlantic near Cape Verde Islands they are labeled as “Cape Verde Hurricanes.” Then makes its way through the Atlantic ocean, these storms are usually the ones that carry the most threat. Forming over warm moist land and dry air, to the cold empty Atlantic Ocean, Irma has been increasing in strength by the hour.

Turning Point In How Social Media Is Being Used In Emergency Situations

Social Media has played a huge role in rescuing victims who were trapped inside their homes. The Police and The National Guard have been so consumed with duties that citizens are taking to social media for hopes of being rescued.

I personally saw over 5 posts on my Instagram alone of people reaching out and requesting aid. If you ask me this is a huge turning point for what social media is used for. Rescues are still being made from victims posting to their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and so on. Social media is becoming a platform for almost ANYTHING you can think of, and now on top of that peoples lives are being saved.

Here are a few posts that were uploaded to Social Media and their lives were saved because of it:

Alondra Molina, posted Monday on Facebook,

“Please if someone could at least get them out of the city me and my mom will come get them,” Molina wrote on a Facebook group where dozens were pleading for help. “The roads are just all blocked and we can’t get in.”

Annette Fuller took a video when she began fearing for her life,

“We called 911 and it rang and rang and rang and rang,” Fuller said Monday after the water receded and she managed to return safely to her single-story home.

“There’s just no agency in the world that could handle Harvey,” she said. “However, none of us were warned that 911 might not work. It was very frightening.”