Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Sally Change Many Lives

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Historic flooding occurred in Pensacola, Florida after Hurricane Sally made landfall in mid-September. (Image Source: apnews.com)

The U.S. Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico have been showered in hurricanes and tropical storms in 2020’s hurricane season. So many people have lost their homes and their hometowns to these unforgiving natural disasters. Unbelievable amounts of damage from Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Sally leave many in awe. It seems almost impossible to rebuild everything that’s been lost. With a worldwide pandemic, evacuating was a great challenge for anyone on the shoreline of the hurricane hot spots.

Hurricane Laura, a category four hurricane with 150 mph winds, tore down homes and memories of hundreds of thousands of people. This monster of a natural disaster started as a large tropical wave near the West African Coast on August 16th. On August 20th, it became a tropical depression. Six days later, Laura came to its strongest point, a major hurricane, and made landfall in Louisiana on August 27th. Afterwards a total of 77 lives were lost and about $10 billion worth of damages were made in Southwestern Louisiana and Southeastern Texas. 

With a worldwide pandemic, evacuating was a great challenge for anyone on the shoreline of the hurricane hot spots.”

— Hadley Hinman, Knightly News Web Reporter

Soon after Hurricane Laura, another storm was gaining strength. Hurricane Sally started as a tropical depression, which soon increased into a tropical storm. From there, Sally intensified into a category one hurricane. Later that evening, the small hurricane increased into an even stronger category two hurricane. On September 15th, Sally decreased back into a category one hurricane, and finally went back up to a category two hurricane. Hurricane Sally made landfall with wind gusts over 100 mph and weakened rapidly afterwards.

Finally, as if 2020 hasn’t already had enough, another possible hurricane began forming. Hurricane Teddy, approaching the U.S. Gulf Coast with 140bmph winds as a category 4 hurricane, threatened many. There was a chance of Teddy hitting Bermuda and then Northern New England. A possible flash flood risk posed problems in Georgia, western South Carolina, much of North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia. Teddy ended up making landfall as a post-tropical cyclone with 65 mph winds. It soon became a category two hurricane but quickly weakened. Overall, the rainfall rates from Teddy weren’t intense, so the flooding threats decreased.

(Article Sources: usatoday.com, washingtonpost.com/weather, en.wikipedia.org, yaleclimateconnections.org)