The Caribbean region was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria in August of 2018. Many island nations within the Caribbean were severely impacted by this severe disaster. People lost their lives and billions of dollars in damages were done. This storm originated in the Republic of Cabo Verde islands. This is a small island nation that lies off the coast of Western Africa near the countries of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Mauretania.
The storm originated in this part of the world before it started to travel across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean Island region. The storm began on August 30, 2017 and lasted all the way to September 16, 2017. It struck the Caribbean area sometime around September 5. When the storm arrived in the Caribbean area it struck with a powerful force. It was rated a category 5 storm.
The island nations of Puerto Rico and Antigua and Barbuda received significant damage. Infrastructure was destroyed, thousands lost their homes and thousands were displaced. As of February 14, this U.S. territory is still without 20% of its power. Puerto Ricans were given billions in aid, but the money is not enough to get the country back on track.
People from all over the United States and in other parts of the world, continue to give aid to the territory. Keep in mind that Puerto Rico wasn’t the only island to be impacted by the storm. The small island nations within the Caribbean suffered as well. The nation suffered damage as well.
Much of the money that has been pouring in to these nations have been put to good use with helping the population to recover. Organizations like IGY Marinas under the leadership of Andrew Farkas have made efforts to help. Efforts are still being made by everyone around the world. The devastation to the nation of Puerto Rico was so strong that the recovery effort is expected to last for many years.