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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are long gone, but their physical and emotional impact may be felt for years to come. Images of roofs ripped off homes and people wading through waters in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas have not ceased since Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 26.
While preservation of life was the focus during the storms and soon after, when each storm passes focus turns to cleanup, assessing damage and rebuilding, all of which can take weeks, months, even years. Add to the mix the physical stressors and emotional turmoil experienced by residents of affected areas and it becomes apparent how devastating hurricanes truly are.
According to a preliminary estimate from Moody’s Analytics, the storms may have caused up to $200 billion in damage to areas, including Florida and Texas — a number comparable to the costs incurred by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.