Millions in the Caribbean Islands, South East United States and Puerto Rico face the wrath of Hurricane Irma.
Yet the people of Houston are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Stories of bravery and heroism are still emerging after the wettest tropical cyclone on record.
Tyler Frank, 14, of Houston, Texas used Siri to call for help for herself and her family during the storm.
The teen says the Coast Guard left them stranded in rising floodwaters overnight before she was rescued.
Tyler suffers with sickle cell disease. This is where where malformed red blood cells clog up blood vessels. The result can be oxygen deprived to organs and tissue.
Tyler called 911 and even begged for help on social media but was unable to make contact with emergency services.
The quick thinking teen then decided to use Siri on her Apple iPhone. By touching the device it lets you use your voice to send messages and make calls.
‘I was like, ‘Siri’s smart enough! Let me ask her!’ ‘ Tyler told CNN.
She asked Siri to call the Coast Guard who told her she was ‘brave’ and promised to send a helicopter as soon as they could.
The helicopter arrived the following afternoon, by which time Tyler, a ninth-grader at Forest Brook High School, was running a 103 degree fever.
Tyler’s mother, Tameko Frank, told the rescue teams: ‘I have a child with sickle cell, and she’s very sick, and I need you all to take her.’
But the family were left shocked and devastated when the rescue crew told her that they were only taking elderly people.
Tyler burst into tears.
‘She was standing right there in front of him. And he turned around and got on the helicopter and left,’ Tameko Frank said.
It would be another day before the family were rescued from the roof of their home.
The Coast Guard told CNN: ‘Coast Guard first responders were faced with an overwhelming request for assistance due to Hurricane Harvey.’
‘On-scene rescue crews made determinations based upon emergent factors (i.e. immediate, life-threatening situations) and the conditions faced on the scene.’
A second helicopter arrived the following morning. Tyler was seen by doctors in Pasadena, Texas, before being taken to Texas Children’s Hospital.
Tyler, who has been in and out of hospital since she was born, was treated and was discharged on Friday.
But the family still face an uphill battle. Their home, car and possessions, were completely destroyed by the hurricane.
Tyler, her four brothers, and their mom, are currently sharing one room at a Super 8 hotel off a Houston highway.
‘Everything’s gone,’ Frank said. ‘We have to start over.’