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Hurricane Lane: How Southwest Florida Can Help the People of Hawaii

The people of Hawaii are starting recovery efforts after Hurricane Lane swept through the island. By mid-day Aug. 24, 2018, EST the storm was a category 2 hurricane.

The last time Hawaii had a catastrophic storm it was in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki hit Kauai. The storm cost Hawaii nearly $3 billion in damages.

After Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida, residents needed help. A lot of help.

People were without power for a couple weeks. Residents needed clean drinking water, food, and shelter.

People and organizations from all over the world came through for the people of Southwest Florida.

The Red Cross alone:

  • Served more than 1 million meals
  • Distributed about 2 million relief items

Which cost the Red Cross approximately $44 million.

As the people of Hawaii brace for heavy rains, the people of Southwest Florida are watching and wondering how they can help.

Lee County suggested the most helpful thing people could do after a severe storm is to donate cash to reputable organizations that will be part of Hawaii’s relief efforts.

Additional reporting by Bo Evans

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