Hurricane Ian and Fiona: drastic effects devastate communities

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Lexiss Quade Marajas

The force of Hurricane Ian and Fiona has been compared to other category four hurricanes like Hurricane Ida and Florence, both of which have ravaged North America.

In the last couple of weeks, Hurricane Ian and Fiona have devastated parts of North America, causing ruin in various communities and reigniting the discussion of climate change. 

For example, residents in Eastern Canada have seen the effects of Hurricane Fiona first-hand, as the category four storm left people without any power or without any means of communication.

“Friends from my university have lost power and the ability to contact their family and friends,” said Ontario Resident Vannessa Singh.

Similar to the circumstances in Canada, many Floridians have witnessed Hurricane Ian treading destruction at 155 miles per hour, leaving almost nothing behind.

“Hurricane Ian has really devastated my friends and family and although I live in Kissimmee, I can still feel the effects of it. My friend’s apartment got flooded and destroyed as a result of Hurricane Ian,” said Kissimmee Resident Michael Jay.

Many scientific commentators have also noted that the cause of the recent uptick in natural disasters is a result of years of negligence to the well-being of our planet and the so-far unsuccessful fight against the effects of climate change. 

“The effects of climate change and global warming are prevalent in recent years, and the hurricanes are a result of it. The sheer force of Hurricane Ian and Fiona is evidence that we are taking this situation lightly, and I believe that there should be more initiative to be taken,” said Srinija Attaluri (‘24). 

Several relief organizations have also taken the initiative to respond to the devastation and damage evident in affected communities, providing food, shelter, and more for those in need. 

“The Canadian Red Cross, along with the provincial government, are giving emergency funding to families who have been told to evacuate their homes or are unable to return to their homes. There’s also been funding to assist families with things like debris removal or temporary accommodation,” said Singh. 

Even though Hurricane Ian and Fiona have damaged infrastructure and people’s lives, communities are bonding together to aid with this crisis, and their victims are proving that there is still hope on the horizon for those affected.