Harvey and Irma were the two tropical cyclones that battered the US coasts in late August 2017. Both storm systems were classified as major hurricanes.
Hurricane Harvey with its 130 mph wind was classified as Category 4, while Hurricane Irma was Category 5 with her winds reaching 185 mph.
As Texas was going through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the people in the Carribean Islands and the state of Florida braced themselves for Hurrican Irma’s wrath.
Hurricane Harvey stayed longer and created more threats to the populace and infrastructure. He moved very slowly and made two landfalls, in Texas and Louisiana areas before weakening into a low through the Lower Mississippi Valley.
According to The Boston Globe:
Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean Islands and left a path of destruction all over the state of Florida. At least 72 people are dead, as rescue operations continue and the extent damage is still being determined. Florida is dealing with record flooding, and over six million people lost power.
At the heels of Hurricane Irma were two tropical storms, Jose and Katia. Then, Hurricane Maria, a Category 3 storm hit Puerto Rico on 21st September.
People are hoping that no more big natural events would come as their August-September hurricane season ends.
We are all aware that the protection of life is primary and putting up resilient infrastructure systems form a big part of surviving any disastrous natural events.
In 2015, I wrote the article, “24 Texas Counties Under State of Disaster – Can Infrastructure Asset Management Planning Help?” and discussed the issue of infrastructure resilience.
I presented that preparation for calamitous natural events such as hurricanes and flooding could be analyzed in the risk and lifecycle asset management.
I would like to suggest that you further read the article for more details of my discussions.
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