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A hurricane
called IRMA

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finding a word to describe this is impossible

Hurricane Irma, what
to tell about it !

Irma set a record, it is the largest hurricane ever measured outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The
hurricane affected no less than nine states. Trees snapped like matches,
streets turned into wild rivers, cars trucks and buses flew through the wind
like they were toy.

It lasted
as a hurricane from August 31 until September 11.

On the sixth of September Irma swept Barbados and destroyed more than 95%
of the buildings on the island.

On September 10, the hurricane landed in the southwest of Florida. Irma
left a trail of destruction as she went further inland. Whole areas were cut
off from the outside world, they could no longer reach anyone but they
themselves had also become unreachable. In this way more than 5 million people
became homeless.

More than 200,000 people were without energy, half of the time already
more than 25 deaths were regretted. Cities like Alabama,
North Carolina and South Carolina have declared states of emergency.

In Lee County they decided on Saturday afternoon to leave the buses,
taking up the people to the shelters, for what they were so that the drivers
themselves could look for safe accommodation. People who did not catch or grab
their belongings in time stayed behind, so they had to find a way to get to the
shelters themselves.

At its peak, Hurricane Irma belonged to category 5, which is the highest
category. Wind speeds of more than 250 kilometers per hour and a storm surge of
more than 5.5 meters

“Catastrophic damage”: almost all houses and buildings are
destroyed, nothing remains of roofs, walls collapse, no trees remain.
Constructions are able to cope somewhat with this when they are miles inland. Inland,
high tidal waves can occur for miles.

A week after Irma reached the Caribbean islands as a Category 5
hurricane, it has become a storm that now rises above the south-east of the US.
Irma has drawn a trail of death and destruction in a week’s time, 61 dead have
been counted for the time being.

The economic damage after the passage of Irma rises to about 100 billion

Two Antwerp sisters have survived hurricane Irma in their second
homeland in the Caribbean. Elsa and Olivia are half-Belgian and half-Caribbean.
Irma is the heaviest hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic. The eye of the
hurricane has passed just above the island of Tortola with catastrophic damage
as a result. The gusts of wind are so abnormally strong that windows and doors
can explode. You do not want to experience that. “We have had wind gusts of
360 kilometers per hour.”

When it became clear that they would not be repatriated, they set up
their evacuation on their own. “My friend happened to be in Puerto Rico
during Irma, and he arranged for us to join a private plane,” says Elsa.
“We took a few things and we boarded the plane”, says Olivia.
“We have been very lucky.” Without that flight, they said they were
still on Tortola.

We are afraid that it will take many years before everything will be
rebuilt. Due to climate change, hurricanes are becoming increasingly fierce.
Never before have we experienced such a stormy hurricane. It is not possible to
live there, once you have built something it is blown away by some kind of
storm or hurricane. Maybe if the people there live in bunkers that they can
stay in their house during a hurricane.