"We’ve had bigger storms than this"
-Donald Trump on climate change
US President Donald Trump may not be warming up to the idea of global warming but America clearly seems to be the epicentre for all that is wrong with the world's climate today. The US has been grappling with hurricanes for a month now. First Hurricane Harvey, then Irma and now Maria.
The US has surely fought bigger storms in the past but the point being overlooked here is that the lack of technology and resources made it difficult to give warnings beforehand. This time, however, the warnings were issued well in advance and yet the damage sustained would cost billions of dollars.
It is speculated that the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey can range from $65 billion to $190 billion. Can make Hurricane Harvey one of the most expensive disasters to hit the States.
MARATHON, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: Dan Weeks shows a picture of what his mobile home looked like on the now empty lot before hurricane Irma passed through the area destroying it on September 18, 2017 in Marathon, Florida. The process of rebuilding has begun as the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reported that 25-percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65-percent sustained major damage when they took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, the estimated damage of Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, could cost between $50 billion and $100 billion. The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, affecting an estimated 1.2 million people. Irma sustained winds of up to 295km/h (185mph). The storm cut a devastating trail killing at least 37 people in the Caribbean. It then moved up through the US states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, where an estimated 12 people died.
The third big storm, Hurricane Maria is all set to destroy everything in its path. Maria made landfall with winds up to 155 mph. It was a strong Category 4 storm when it hit Puerto Rico. Unleashed its power on the island destroying its weather stations and cell towers which disable the radars.
“Puerto Rico's energy grid took such a severe blow from deadly Hurricane Maria that restoring power to everyone may take months”, Governor Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Wednesday night. The governor also said, “The entire system is down. No one on the island has power from utilities.”President Trump finally opened his eyes and realized just how big the catastrophe is.
We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico. Stay safe! #PRStrong
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017
Puerto Rico being hit hard by new monster Hurricane. Be careful, our hearts are with you- will be there to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Has he changed his thoughts about climate change now? Or will it take few more calamities to pull the curtains off his eyes?