At least ten people were killed as Hurricane Irma slammed into Cuba and scraped over the country’s north shore over the weekend, according to the communist island’s state media.
How many people have been killed as a result of Hurricane Irma?
A minimum of 3,100,000 people were left without electricity and water at the start of this disaster. Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Cuba, causing a total of 13,500 million Cuban pesos (500,772,288 CHF) in damage, making it the most expensive cyclone in the country’s history.
Hurricane Irma was responsible for 129 deaths, both direct and indirect. It is the seventh most expensive hurricane to hit the United States’ continental United States.
In early September 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane. Winds gusting up to 200 km/h battered the island, wreaking havoc on the north central coast in particular.
With gusts of 165 mph (270 km/h), the storm made landfall at Cayo Romano, Cuba, around 03:00 UTC on September 9, according to local time. As a result, Irma became just the second Category 5 hurricane to impact Cuba in recorded history, following the storm that hit the island in 1924.
According to the National Storm Center, the Galveston hurricane of 1900 was the worst natural catastrophe in United States history.
According to a recent assessment issued by the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma claimed the lives of 129 individuals in September last year. According to the study, 44 of the deaths were directly caused by the storm, while 85 were caused by other factors.
As it made its way near Florida 10 and began to move over warm seas, it developed once more, this time becoming a Category 4 storm. Irma finally made landfall in the Florida Keys about 9 a.m. on Sept. 10, according to the National Hurricane Center. This hurricane made landfall on Cudjoe Key as a Category 4 storm, then diminished to Category 3 status.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, Hurricane Irma claimed the lives of 134 Floridians in 2017. However, according to a research published last week that looked at the deaths of 695 seniors residing in nursing homes in the 90 days following the hurricane, the indirect death toll was likely far greater than the direct death toll.
3,033 persons perished in total in Cuba, with the country’s economy suffering a total loss of $40 million (1932 USD, equivalent to $760 million now).
Around 72 hours before a hurricane is expected to make landfall, national media outlets issue advisories, and civil protection committees inspect evacuation arrangements and storm shelters. Hurricane awareness is taught in schools, and public practice exercises are held prior to each hurricane season to ensure that everyone is prepared.
As a result of Cuba’s geographic location, it is susceptible to a wide range of natural disasters, including hurricanes, nontropical depressions, tropical storms, tropical cyclones, and severe local storms, all of which can bring heavy rains and strong winds, as well as earthquake and drought. Cuban preparations, at all levels, are oriented on mitigating these major dangers.
A total of 1.2 million individuals are believed to have been harmed by this heinous natural disaster. Storm Irma was classed as a category 5 hurricane, the most severe classification of hurricane, which means it caused the most damage possible; this is an unsettling realization. It is mostly due to pressure gradients and warm sea water that this strong force of nature manifests itself.