Over the last several years disputes over whether global warming is causing problems for the U.S. or not has been a subject of heated debate. But whether global warming is causing problems or not the fact is obvious; something has recently put Mother Nature into a rage. Over the weekend the U.S. has seen devastating effects caused by the weather leaving all areas of the United States damaged. While the U.S. is not the only place on Earth that is experiencing natural weather disasters, it does seem to be the place taking the most amount of hits. During a crazy weather weekend citizens have seen the remnants of just how much Mother Nature can give at one time.
First came the threat of Tropical Storm Karen which started in the Atlantic Ocean and began making its way north into the states. Tropical Storm Karen has now been reduced to a depression and all warnings and watches have been discontinued but not before Karen had her chance to leave behind damage. Heavy rains and flash flood warnings have made their way through Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama. Six inches of rain and 40 to 50 mile per hour winds, sometimes up to 80 mph, have caused flood damage for residents in all states. Though Karen has been reduced to a depression it is following a cold front up through the mid-west with severe storms. Weather sources say Tropical Storm Karen was reduced by Winter Storm Atlas.
Due to Karen, flood insurance premiums are expected to soar as people in all four states are finding out that the damage caused by Karen is going to cost them thousands of dollars in the coming years if they use insurance to repair their homes. And these damages are just in the South.
At the same time that Karen was preparing to make her way through the U.S., fires were raging in the west. Dry conditions and the Santa Ana winds have scorched California in a series of wildfires spreading from Los Angeles to San Diego. 50 to 80 mile per hour winds are sparking the wildfires that are forcing 500 firefighters to be prepared and spread out across the state of California in order to effectively fight the fires. Over the weekend and continuing on through the week the fires are expected to continue spreading in CA. The National Weather Service says this is the highest wildfire threat in years. A red flag warning is still in effect.
As if that were not enough of a hit from Mother Nature the terror continued on as Winter Storm Atlas also took its place over the weekend. Starting up north, Winter Storm Atlas has hit Wyoming and parts of South Dakota, but over the last few days heavy snow has hit parts of five states leaving as much as four feet for residents to wade through. Weather experts say October snow is rare but has been experienced in northern states in past years. They reported that early snow is dangerous as it tends to be heavy and wet. This usually causes tree damage and power outages. One resident commented, “If it”s like this in October what’s it going to be like in November and December?”
But even still Mother Nature was not done as yet another natural disaster happened just yesterday in the state of Nebraska and surrounding areas. A 4F tornado, that many believed reached two miles wide, made its way through Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. Many homes and businesses were destroyed causing damages int he millions. The tornado was produced by three super cell storms in the area. Many were injured but, thankfully, there were no fatalities.
While the weekend has experienced several terrorist discoveries, terrorism is not the only attack that U.S. residents have had to worry about. Attacks from Mother Nature are taking their toll on the United States and as residents continue on through the week they are left to repair the many damages from storms that are still occurring in the North, West, East, and South of the U.S.
Written by: Crystal Boulware
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