Case Study Summary_King

Hurricane Isabel occured over a two week period in September of 2003. The Tropical Depression that would later turn into Isabel started in the Atlantic Ocean. It made landfall in North Carolina and ripped through Virginia, West Virginia, and made its way into Canada. Funding for restoration topped $500,000 at the time and many federal organizations were involved for reconstruction. The most vulnerable residents were those that were trapped with no way to evacuate due to rising water. The beach tourist population became stranded without a way to safely leave, but they were also not allowed to enjoy the beach for two weeks following the Storm. The public were prepared with multiple call centers available ahead of time so that prevention of negligence could occur while families were stuck in their houses. This hurricane was fascinating to me because I lived in Northern Virginia at the time, where we were out of grade school for a few days to deal with the damage to my town. This was the first major weather hazard that I recall as a kindergarten student and I remember that the tree I loved to climb fell into our deck.

Cyclone Cook

In New Zealand, there was a lot of damage from Cyclone Cook including lost power and terrain damage. Due to Cyclone Debbie, the residents took action before Cyclone Cook would become deadly. They took the matter very seriously and took precautions against the potential damage. Outside assistance was scheduled for remote areas in advance so that they had time to recover. In a Video that is imbedded in the article page, a weather Radar Demonstrates the gravity of the situation as it makes landfall. 

Severe weather takes lives of 5 so far

So far in April, there have been many cases of Severe weather in the southern United States. Strong winds and flood waters did a lot of damage within the span of a couple days. The weather had been so disruptive that schools were closing as a safety measure for the students and their faculty. Trees fell causing damage to housing structures and powerlines. Mississippi experienced almost 3 Inches of rain in under an hour. The Storm stretched from from Texas to North Carolina along the coast.

Fatal Colombia land slide

There was a fatal landslide in Columbia that killed 200 people, and left a lot of residents frantically looking for their loved ones. The Columbian president went to Mocoa to see the damage-among the fatalities were 43 kids. While the residents had no power and lacked communication, soldiers came to Mocoa to help with Mitigation. Many accounts say that the survivors feel hopeless as more and more family members are identified at the morgue.

This photo from the website below shows the damage in Mocoa 

According the article, this land slide is the deadliest in South America besides the flooding in Peru,



Cyclone Debbie

Australia has been hit very hard recently with a cyclone that has done unimaginable damage. Landfall of the Storm was recorded as a category 4 and decreased but still risked lives and property of many.

The prime minister made a statement about the damage earlier. He claims that aid is on the way.

According to the article, multiple thousand residents were urged to evacuate the city, while being told that authorities don’t know when the cyclone would calm.

Deadly flood in Peru

There was recently a flood in Peru that left 67 people dead after high ocean temperatures poured down on Peru. The infrastructure in a lot of Peruvian regions was completely obliterated by the flood. To make matters worse, a wildfire tore through Peru and burned more than hundreds of thousands of acres of land after the flood. The education minister stated that $800 million was saved up to help the hard hit areas of the flood. Peru has not seen this gravity of a natural disaster in almost 100 years, so the residents were very vulnerable. Many believe that the disaster was caused by climate change.

East Coast Blizzard

Currently the East Coast of the US has been experiencing Blizzard conditions that has created a sense of uncertainty for a lot of residents- especially Virginians- who in my opinion aren’t equipped to cope with such conditions. Virginia’s recorded precipitation related to this storm was on the lower end of the statistics, yet there were a lot of counties including my hometown (Fairfax County) that closed schools, according to The New England states were more heavily impacted, but I feel as though those residents aren’t as frantic since they are used to colder conditions compared to the more southern states that were impacted. My family lives in Alexandria (43 miles north of Fredericksburg) and it amazes me that there is not much of a distance difference from Fredericksburg, yet they were more heavily impacted by the storm. There are more Inches of snow sticking in Alexandria instead of the ice/puddles that we have in Fredericksburg since the temperature has already risen to the mid 40’s today.