Hurricane a life-changer for family evacuating to Northwest Arkansas

Posted: December 3, 2017 at 1:08 a.m.

Jillayne Tompkins sits Nov. 20 with three of her ÿve children Claire (from left), 1, Emalie, 7, and Lucas, 5, as she describes her family’s experience and evacuation while living in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria. The Tompkins family is now living in Northwest Arkansas in her mother-in-law’s home.

Jillayne Tompkins is thankful her family safely escaped the floodwater in Puerto Rico, but struggles with survivor's guilt and looks for ways to give back.

Tompkins describes her family's evacuation from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Her husband is still in Puerto Rico and she hopes he can join the f...

Hurricane season wraps up

Thursday was the last day of hurricane season with 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered for a deadly trio of storms — Harvey, Irma and Maria — that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and numerous other islands.

The storms killed at least 441 people and did about $369 billion in damage. This season is one of only six years on record to include multiple Category 5 hurricanes. It’s only the second season to include two hurricanes making landfall at that intensity.

Maria caused widespread destruction in Puerto Rico on Sept 20, leaving much of the island without power. It was the 10th most intense Atlantic storm by barometric pressure.

The Atlantic’s hurricane season begins June 1 each year.

Source: The Associated Press

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