Over the years, America has faced its fair share of natural disasters. Heatwaves, floods and forest fires have all taken their toll at various times in history. But in August 2017 a ferocious force of nature was to rock the country, causing unprecedented damage – and it would have a devastating impact on millions of people.
Hurricanes are not a rare phenomenon; in fact, they’re fairly common. Each year, after all, a hurricane season occurs in the northern Atlantic Ocean. This period of extreme weather typically begins to build in the summer and lasts up until near the end of the year.
Naturally, then, it is not out of the ordinary for the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to monitor unusual weather patterns during the season. And on the morning of August 13, 2017, the U.S. agency was doing just that – when something ominous in the atmosphere entered the frame.