Ten Ways Hurricanes Mess Everything Up


Dickinson Memorial Library’s sign is knocked down in the aftermath of hurricane Irma.

Carson Francis

Fallen trees, homeless families and animals, a state delving further into debt… These are just a few ways that hurricanes can affect people and where they live when they hit, leading to disaster, whether it be big or small.


Shelves in grocery stores were nearly bare in preparation for Irma.
Photo by Gabriella Mannuzza

1. Supply In Demand

When hurricanes are coming to hit, everyone rushes all at once to get hurricanes supplies. This leads to shortages in various items and products, making most things hard to get your hands on.

2. Gas Prices Shoot Up

Everyone attempts to fill up their car gas tanks as much as possible and additional gas cans before and after hurricanes hit. This causes gas prices to shoot up.

“It [hurricane Irma] had an affect in a bad way not working means,” senior Trevor Gregory said. “I’m not getting paid so I’m spending extra money for gas when I could be spending it on food.”

3. Money, Money, Money

Damages from hurricane Irma hitting Florida have added up to billions of dollars in capital stock losses and income losses. The state quickly delves further into debt because of the tragic hurricane.

Tree branches litter roads in the aftermath of hurricane Irma.
Photo by Carson Francis

4. Disheveled Roads

When gust speeds up to 89 mph hit, plenty of tree branches and trees as a whole along with other debris are bound to cover roads and interstates like a blanket.

5. Some Businesses Lose Money

Even though some businesses like restaurants and landscaping make some good money after hurricanes hit, some businesses don’t get as lucky because they have building damages or don’t have power. No business means no money.

After hurricane Irma, plenty of trees fell onto or near homes, ruining some homes even.
Photo by Carson Francis

6. Losing Homes

Hurricanes can lead to damaged homes, making thousands of families homeless. Up to 12,000 households are displaced.

“Without a consistent place of life (and homework) that a home provides, it’s hard for a student to lose their home and still perform well,” sophomore Thomas Hinkler said.

7. Homeless Animals

Thousands of animals are impacted by hurricanes. ASPCA  has helped shelter hundreds of animals affected by and misplaced during Irma.

8. Under the Sea

Beaches can be minor and severely affected by hurricanes, especially here in Florida. Storm surges can cause beaches and sand dunes submerge.

9. Lost Farms

Farms can be lost because of hurricanes, like how farms here in Florida are losing crops thanks to Irma.

Before hurricane Irma hit, the school was closed and served as a shelter during the hurricane.
Photo by John DeVito

10. School Struggles

Dozens of schools  were shut down from a few days up to over a week in Florida to keep students, faculty and staff safe before and after Irma hit.

“Because of this [Irma], we will be behind in curriculum,” junior Nicole Figueroa said. “So teaching and learning have to be rushed a bit which will negatively affect a lot of students who need time to learn.”