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October 3, 2017

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Between Harvey and Irma, August and September have been pretty crazy. Hurricane Harvey started as a tropical depression, but it soon grew into a category 4 hurricane. On August 25th, Harvey came to the Gulf Coast of Texas. After five days of storms, the 30th was when Hurricane Harvey had finally dissipated.

While Harvey is no longer here, the hurricane left behind some extravagant damage. There was flooding in Texas and Louisiana. The damage is estimated at 1.8 billion dollars. Over 82 people in these areas were killed in this storm.

Hurricane Irma caused many bridges and roads in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and the Caribbean to be closed.  Over 3.9 million people in Georgia and Florida went without power for weeks. At least 68 people have died in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and the Caribbean and many more are missing.

In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria was said to have the flood level of Hurricane Harvey and the wild winds of Hurricane Irma. At least 10 people were killed in Puerto Rico and many people suffered from the communications cut. Many of the hospitals were overrun and they were dangerously low on supplies.

During this time, many celebrities came together to raise funds for the people affected by these storms called Hand in Hand 2017. They had a live telethon on September 12th in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. Some of the celebrities who participated are Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Chris Tomlin, Bruce Willis, and Oprah Winfrey.

So far, Hand in Hand 2017 has raised over $44 million for victims of these hurricanes.

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