Without a doubt, hurricanes are directly or indirectly responsible for killing more people. Not only do they kill people, but they have also injured thousands of people in many more ways than just physically.
They destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses, and believe it or not, who knows how many properties were damaged and not accounted for. The people within our Government of the United States of America surely don’t have an accurate count of those properties, nor do they realize just how much pain is caused, mentally, to the people who lost everything and now have the almost impossible task of rebuilding their lives.
Worse yet, hurricanes also create dozens, if not hundreds, of tornadoes as a result of the cloud bands that feed into the center of the hurricane. As a result, even if the eye of the hurricane center doesn’t reach land it still can cause tremendous damage to inland and coastal properties, and also cause flooding and landslides just from the several inches of rain that falls from the huge cloud formation.
A powerful hurricane is a terrible event, no matter where it strikes. Tens of thousands of trees can destroyed, and the wildlife is also killed. Just one of those deadly hurricanes caused more than 20 billion dollars of damage because it struck a populated area. Those who truly want to be safe from such storms should live more than three hundred miles away from the Gulf Coast.
Nearly every person who I know, who is a long term resident of the State Of Florida, had one or more stories to tell me about the damage that was caused to their property or to the community in which they lived. Without exception, they all remembered the name of each hurricane that caused them and their loved ones so much money, grief and suffering. So too, it is truly sad to see so many good, honest and hard working people lose all that they have.
Then again, that’s the price that some people paid for retirement in a place that is far away from the cold, the ice and the snow of the winter season. Since I too was a victim of the “No Name Storm,” I myself paid a very high price for my new life in the “Land Of Sunshine.”
The large number of hurricanes that have struck Florida during the past four years have caused the price of home owners’ insurance to rise higher than a kite in a hurricane. Millions of trees were destroyed and many communities are still in the process of rebuilding those places that were unlucky enough to be in the path of those truly violent storms.