When the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey
hit eastern Texas on August 25, it poured more than 40 inches of rain over the region in the span of four days. The result was unprecedented flooding and (as of September 15) 82 people dead. Days later, all eyes were on the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma, the Atlantic's largest storm ever recorded, gained strength on a mostly unpredictable path while a rapidly growing Hurricane Jose
swirled about a week behind. Airports closed, flights were canceled, and cruise ports were decimated, causing many travelers and residents to become displaced, unable to evacuate before the storm's arrival or even after. In the wake of these storms, whole islands were destroyed and lives were lost. There were catastrophic flooding, power grid blackouts, and completely decimated infrastructure. The effects of both Irma and Harvey can even be seen from space.