How to avoid a dangerous storm with a few simple tips

In the summer of 2017, Hurricane Matthew slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, tearing through the state of Florida and sending winds up to 130 miles per hour.

It was a major blow to the economy, and it was also a major disaster.

The storm knocked out power for tens of millions of Americans, forced millions of homes to close, and wreaked havoc on a region that had been rebuilt from the ground up.

That reconstruction would be repeated a few weeks later, when Hurricane Irma came barreling toward the region.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico a week later, flooding communities that had suffered decades of neglect and deprivation.

Hurricane Irma’s devastating path through the Caribbean in 2017.

Image: AP Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact in Puerto Rican territory.

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