Natural Disaster Hurricane Matthew

by gshep on Novembre 2, 2016 - 11:04pm





Hello this is Dean Shepard, from SUNY College at Brockport. Tonight we will be discussing natural disasters. The most recent natural disaster to strike the United States of America was a hurricane. Hurricane Matthew was a very substantial storm system that had a long path of destruction as it traveled from Haiti, up to the Carolinas. You might be wondering how bad could a hurricane really could be. 


According to the textbook “Natural Hazards: Earth’s Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes” by Keller and DeVecchio, for an event to qualify as a disaster, it must have occurred naturally and fit one of the four criteria. These four include; at least 10 people killed, at least 100 people effected, state of emergency declared, or international assistance required. Remember at least only one of these four must occur to be classified as a natural disaster. 


Davis Carrol is a biology student at Guelph University, through his extensive research about Hurricane Matthew, he has learned the seriousness of this event. Carrol reports the stage four hurricane displaced over 60-thousand Haitians. He discusses that pledges from Montreal and Quebec, donated 560-thousand dollars to support areas of Haiti that were affected most. 


Between October 2 and October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on Haiti. Initially it was very large waves, so fishermen and citizens were supposed to be evacuated. As the storm progressed onto land there was severe raining, flooding, and winds. These winds reached 145 miles-per-hour. Joseph Guyler Delva of Reuters, published an article called “Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Tops 1,000 in Haiti”, discussed the damages to storm caused to Haiti. All infrastructure has been flattened and destroyed. The article also explains that over one billion dollars in damage has been done, with over one-thousand dead. This has lead to mass graves due to the bodies decomposing. 


From October 6 through October 7, 2016, Hurricane Matthew moved onto to United States. More specifically it targeted Florida and Georgia. Once Hurricane Matthew made landfall it was still strong enough to force the governor of Florida to declare a State of Emergency. Between Florida and Georgia 15 deaths were reported. 


Hurricane Matthew made one last destructive stop before dying out in the ocean. This last stop occurred in North and South Carolina, from October 7 through October 9, 2016. Elisha Fieldstadt reported a story on NBC News. The title was “Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Rises, N.C. Gov. Warns: Stay Away From the Water” and discussed how the storm has affected the Carolinas. Fieldstadt stated that there has been 30 deaths in the two states due people driving or walking in the flood water and getting swept away. 


It’s amazing the difference in death toll from one country to another country. Unfortunately third-world countries such as Haiti start with poor to no infrastructure. This leaves the citizens unprotected from the elements and left to fend for themselves and their families. On the other hand, it’s a very satisfying feeling to see other countries coming to the aid of a country that is ripped apart. This sense of need to help others is what proves mankind is great.


Thanks for listening, and if you are thinking about donating to help the less fortunate that are still trying to rebuild their homes visit w-w- w-dot-u-n-i-c-e-f-u-s-a-dot-o-r-g-slash-hurricane-slash-relief-slash- haiti





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