In early August, gusts of wind pushed westward through the Sahara Desert. Three weeks later, the gusts transformed to one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. At its peak, Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain and 15–20 million gallons of water on Texas, making it one of the most devastating natural disasters in America’s history. In its wake, Harvey destroyed thousands of homes and displaced many more, including the nearly 50 thousand who sought shelter throughout Texas and Louisiana. A week later, an equally menacing Irma decimated many islands in the Caribbean, including the US Territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, before hitting Florida.
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