After Hurricane Ian


Ben Rink and Kirin Davidson

     Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa in Southwestern Florida on September 28th, 2022. Hurricane Ian has taken the life of an estimated 110 people and has destroyed thousands of buildings in Florida and other coastal states causing up to 12 feet and gusts of up to 150 miles per hour. The evacuation efforts have proved helpful but some believe that Governor Ron DeSantis told people to evacuate later than he should have. Many people also did not have the means to evacuate or find shelter due to homelessness or other financial and personal reasons. Another reason that people think that Hurricane Ian was able to kill so many was not just the lack of communication, but also the way the hurricane changed its course. Such as Lee County in Florida, just 72 hours before Ian made landfall, was thought to be a place of low interest and damage for the hurricane, and then it veered towards the county and was later told to evacuate 24 hours later.

    Some people believe that the hurricane’s severe fatality was perhaps aided by climate change, which is not an unlikely theory, seeing how in 1920 there were a total of four hurricanes and in 2022 there have been a total of 14 hurricanes and 31 tropical and subtropical storms. We have been able to crack down on climate change in the last two years and it seems to have partially affected the number of hurricanes there have been with only ten named storms. Now, however, directly after Hurricane Ian, we have Hurricane Julia, a category one storm that is currently sitting over Central America and already has killed more than Ian with 167 to Ian’s 110.

    If more countries and world powers want to crack down on the rising amounts of hurricanes, we should follow what we’ve been doing for the past two years, which is getting stricter on climate change. As stated earlier in 1920 when there were almost zero carbon emissions there were only 4 hurricanes, and since 2020 we have lowered our amount of hurricanes by 4. If we continue to do this we can achieve nearly identical numbers to that which we used to have with no pollution or carbon emissions.