On 17 August hurricane Harvey formed first as a tropical storm and finally as a strong hurricane that barreled through Texas and neighboring states with sustained winds and rain volumes comparable to the likes of other historic storms such as Katrina, Ike, and Sandy.
- Harvey already has become the most extreme rain event in US history.
- An Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that Harvey Hurricane is "probably the worst disaster the state [of Texas] has seen". Initial loss estimates from the New York Times place the total damages in the range of $70 to $108 billion. If confirmed, these losses would certainly rank Harvey among the top 10 costliest storms in US history along with the likes of Katrina $108 billion (2005) and Ike $29.52 billion (2008).
Every year, roughly 12 named storms make landfall in the US, with two to three of these storms reach category 3 to 5 levels. The US Atlantic coast is the most vulnerable globally to hurricanes, with September being the most dangerous month during the Atlantic hurricane season.
- Florida is the most hurricane-prone state, although until Hurricane Irma, Florida had not experienced multi-billion dollar hurricane losses since Hurricane Andrew (1992). Since that storm, Florida has revised building codes and made other hurricane-centric infrastructure improvements. At the same time, the build up of coastal residential and commercial property has increased the value of property and lives at risk in the state.
Last updated: Thursday, 14 September 2017