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    Source: http://www.smh.com.au/world/this-is-...24-gy3s4p.html

    'Astounding' Hurricane Harvey Catches US off guard

    The US state of Texas is bracing for potentially catastrophic flooding and winds as Hurricane Harvey intensified on Thursday and cruised toward a late Friday impact near the coastal city of Corpus Christi.

    The National Hurricane Centre described Harvey's sudden strengthening as "astounding." The storm is expected to strike as a Category 3 hurricane - meaning with winds greater than 178 km/h per hour - making it the most powerful storm to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.



    Despite the increasingly alarming forecasts, officials in Corpus Christi as of Thursday evening had held off on ordering mandatory evacuations of the city, which includes a great deal of low-lying land and a barrier island. "I'm not going to risk our police and fire people trying to drag somebody out of the house if they don't want to go," Mayor Joe McComb said at an afternoon news conference.

    The surprise hurricane is poised to be the first major test of disaster response for the Trump administration, whose appointee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency - William "Brock" Long - was confirmed in June.

    "With Harvey now strengthening at a faster rate than indicated in previous advisories, the intensity forecast has become quite concerning," the National Hurricane Centre wrote in a Thursday morning advisory. "Harvey has intensified quickly this morning, and is now forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall, bringing life-threatening storm surge, rainfall, and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast."

    Harvey had disintegrated into a tropical depression as it crossed the Yucatan Peninsula into the western Gulf of Mexico this week. But it reorganised itself over the hot Gulf waters, forming a new, 24-km-wide eye, and rapidly evolved into a hurricane by midday on Thursday, US time.

    It then drifted northwest at 16-km an hour and was forecast to slow down a bit, giving it time to siphon energy from the steamy Gulf. When it comes ashore, forecasters said, it could have sustained winds of 200 km/h per hour, with a 4-metre storm surge.

    Worse, it is projected to stall on the Texas coast for several days, which could dump historic quantities of rain, with some places seeing as much as 89 cm, the hurricane centre said.

    The storm is forecast to meander to the east, deluging Houston and possibly New Orleans next week.

    Officials in Corpus Christi scrambled on Thursday to respond to the sudden hurricane threat but decided against mandatory evacuations. Instead, officials instructed residents on the barrier island and low-lying areas inland to evacuate on a voluntary basis.

    "We are up to and almost at the threshold of mandatory evacuations, but we are not going to cross that line right now," McComb said. "We are going in the strongest possible terms to encourage the residents in the low-lying areas, as they say, 'Get out of Dodge.' "

    Nueces County Judge Samuel Neal, who is overseeing the county's emergency response, did not rule out mandatory evacuations but said such a move would not be done lightly.

    "We will do it if we feel it's necessary," he said. "This would create a major, major impact on the way a lot of people do business."

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a preemptive state of disaster in 30 counties, including Harris County, home to Houston, the fourth most-populated city in the country. Charles Bujan, mayor of the barrier-island city of Port Aransas, Texas, ordered all citizens to evacuate except those working as emergency responders.

    Long has stressed in interviews with The Washington Post that state and local officials need to improve their emergency readiness and recognise that it is not the federal government's responsibility alone to respond to natural disasters.

    Long has also urged citizens to understand that they will often be their own first responders in a crisis.

    "People need to be the help before the help arrives," he said earlier this month.

    Long met with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Tuesday and discussed preparations for hurricane season and the August 5 flooding in New Orleans.

    "Preparedness is a partnership between the local, state and federal level," Long said. "Here, there is great concern over the city of New Orleans's ability to pump water out of the so-called bowl."

    The city has 120 water pumps, but currently only 105 are operational, said Tyronne Walker, communications director for Landrieu. He said the city has brought in 26 generators to provide electricity during an emergency.

    "Right now, there's no reason to panic, but you know, everybody should just be focused on getting their plans in order," Walker said. "While we're in a stronger position than we were in the last drainage incident, we're still vulnerable."

    Harvey would be the first hurricane to hit Texas since Ike, a high Category 2 storm, came ashore in September 2008 in Galveston and caused tens of billions of dollars in property damage.

    In Corpus Christi, some residents on Thursday left work early to begin preparing their homes, while others headed out of town or contemplated hitting the road before the storm arrived.

    "Everybody's just trying to get away from this area right now," said Ricky Nesmith, the kitchen manager at Blackbeard's On the Beach.

    Nesmith said a full staff came into the restaurant Thursday morning, but most workers left early to get their homes ready. The looming storm has not slowed business, Nesmith said, saying that large groups kept the restaurant busy Thursday before the owner decided to close up shop early.

    Bill Sissamis, who owns the Silverado Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant about three kilometres from the water, said that he would stay open as long as the weather allows.

    "We do tend to get a lot of false alarms here," said Sissamis, 54, of previous storm warnings, adding, "The city goes a little bit nuts."

    The Gulf of Mexico is vitally important for the nation's oil infrastructure.

    A Citigroup report to investors said more than 85 per cent of Texas's refining capacity is located inside the highest precipitation zone for the storm.

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    Default Re: Hurricanes: Harvey... Irma... José...

    Pray, meditate or wish that storm away or that it significantly weakens.

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    Default Re: Hurricanes: Harvey... Irma... José...

    Sadly I think it is in for the long haul. It is currently stalled over some of the warmest waters it has yet met so high end Cat 3, or worse, is now on the cards?

    If it follows the models and reverses back out into the gulf then some areas might be stuck under its weather for 5 days or more!!!

    There is still no heads to either NOAA and FEMA ...... I wonder how that will work out for Trump???

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    Just in case, here´s a little Tornado/Hurricane 101

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    Default Re: Hurricanes: Harvey... Irma... José...

    Batten down the hatches along the coast of Texas. According to my radio news, Harvey will arrive there with a punch by morning at the latest.

    Be safe everyone.
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    Default Re: Hurricanes: Harvey... Irma... José...

    Economically convenient for oil interests.. Most of the oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in the storm path have been shut-in and evacuated as well as the refineries.. Oil per barrel has been sitting at $48 per barrel (42 gallons) for months - totally stalled.. With refineries shut down, with production shut-in, it will be many months before production resumes.. With a shortage expect then the prices of material to sky-rocket.. Convenient in other words to have a storm appear and "stall" right over the production areas for US energy.

    Another LOW has been STALLED over the San-Diego area, just up from the Baha.. For months and months, leading to monsoon pipeline effects from the low, sucking in water vapor into the deserts with immense flooding.. Odd? We have threads about "weather wars" and the tech that can do that.. Is such being operated again? Economic manipulation? Thinking out loud..

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    I saw where they upgraded the hurricane to a cat 4 , 130 mph winds ... scary ...
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    Bob...keep thinking out loud!!

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    Newsy

    Hurricane Harvey May Impact Environment, Gas

    Published 26th August 2017

    The entire U.S. could soon feel the environmental impact of Hurricane Harvey.

    Supporting link: https://www.newsy.com/stories/hurric...ces-pollution/


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    Looking pretty grim at Houston...

    https://weather.com/storms/hurricane...texas-flooding

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    My son's car is in water up to the roof and my mother in law's neighborhood is flooded, but the water didn't enter the house luckily...

    crazy weather with more to come apparently.... FEMA officially says it will "be there for years".
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    Default Re: Hurricanes: Harvey... Irma... José...

    Harveygeddon: All the Signatures of a Manmade Weather event.

    Source: http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=82143

    HURRICANE HARVEY is Houston’s Katrina



    Up to 50 inches of rain in some places

    “To put the rainfall total in perspective, Seattle averages 37 inches
    of rain a year, Atlanta gets about 50 inches a year, and Miami, Fla.,
    receives about 62 inches a year, according to Weather.com.”

    Hurricane Harvey has now evolved into a 1000 year flood for areas of East Texas.

    Even today this superstorm has already attained a catastrophe status of truly biblical proportions…and it still has days of rain-dumping predicted.

    Truly, this calamity will prove to be the worst manmade weather event in Texas history.

    How does such a disastrous deluge come out of nowhere and catch so many completely unaware?

    Even the U.S. Federal Government, Texas State Government and Houston Municipal Government appear to have been blindsided.

    This simple fact — when a superstorm seemingly comes out of nowhere — is often the sure sign of a geoengineered weather system. For those who doubt that this catastrophe was manufactured, please view the following video.



    The group of geoengineering researchers who have conducted an exhaustive investigation of this matter have put together an excellent and compelling video analysis as follows:



    With this critical understanding, the reader can more easily apprehend the true purposes behind Hurricane Harvey as delineated at this link: Hurricane Harvey: A Geoengineered Superstorm Targets Texas—WHY?


    Continue reading:http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=82143

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    Yep, Houston's got a big problem...


    Intersection along Sam Houston Pkwy. Water about 17 feet deep





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    I wonder "who" is winning the Weather Wars? Simply unbelievable!!

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    Hopefully this isn't as bad as it sounds.....

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    Here is an article that looks at the "Weather Wars" and Hurricane Harvey. It was shared on David Icke's blog today.

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    I've studied hurricanes for more than two decades. Harvey, like Katrina and Sandy, is suspicious in its intensification. IMO likely Hurricane HAARPey.

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    'This is a nightmare event': Levee breached south of Houston in 800 year flood event

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    Officials of Brazoria County, Texas have urged residents in the Columbia Lakes area, South of Houston, to evacuate immediately following a breach of the levee at the Brazos river.

    'This is a nightmare event,' Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said of the levee failure.

    The Brazos River has risen to historic heights as a result of storm Harvey and caused the levee to fail Tuesday, a scenario that authorities feared.

    More heavy rain is expected through Wednesday, raising concerns that other levees are at risk.

    Houston's Addicks dam began to spill over Tuesday.

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    Engineers have been releasing water from the dam in order to reduce pressure on the structure, causing more flooding in the area. However, the releases couldn't keep up with the fast rising water levels.

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    The difficulty of controlling the release is "something we've never seen before," flood control official Jeff Lindner told reporters.


    On Monday, officials in Fort Bend County ordered the first mandatory evacuations along the Brazos River in Houston amid fears that the levees might collapse.

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    Levees in Fort Bend county designed for 100 year flood. The 59' crest forecast for the Brazos River at Richmond is a 800 year flood via EM

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    The Army Corps of Engineers began to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs before 2am Monday - ahead of schedule - because water levels were increasing dramatically at a rate of more than six inches per hour, corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.

    The two reservoirs were meant to safeguard Houston from flooding.

    However, the levees were not designed to handle the expected 59 foot (18 meters) crest of the Brazos River which authorities say represented an 800 year flood event.

    Thousands of people are in danger as they try to escape.

    Four children and their great-grandparents were among the 14 people who have died in Texas trying to escape the floodwaters unleashed by Hurricane Harvey.

    "The 14 reported dead include a family of six who were lost when their van sunk after crossing a bridge and hitting high water," Harris County sheriff's office said. The youngest in the family was six years old.

    The Coast Guard told their relatives that they could not search for the bodies until the water recedes.

    Texas officials fear that the death toll from Harvey is likely to rise, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
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    RT Update (Aug. 29)

    At 49.3 inches of rain in southeast Houston, Harvey has set a cyclone rainfall record. And for the first time in its history, one of the Houston area's two reservoirs is overflowing.
    The reservoirs, which flank Interstate 10 on the west side of Houston, flow into the Buffalo Bayou and are surrounded by parks and residential areas. Water levels in the two reservoirs had already reached record levels Monday evening, measuring 105 feet at Addicks and 99 feet at Barker.

    Engineers were unable to measure water levels at the Barker Reservoir on Tuesday because its gauge was flooded overnight, said Jeff Lindner, the Harris County flood control meteorologist.

    The overflow did not represent a "failure" of the dam, stressed Richard K. Long, a natural resource management specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers.

    "These are not your typical dams; these are unique because of the type of terrain we have," Long said, referring to Houston's relatively flat plain. The Addicks and Barker reservoirs each have a main spillway and two auxiliary spillways. Water hadn't breached either of those spillways, but instead was overflowing through a slightly lower point on the north end of the Addicks Reservoir.
    More rain is on the way:
    • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated his state's entire National Guard, deploying 12,000 servicemen to respond to the hurricane.
    • The Harris County Sheriff's Office used motorboats, airboats, and other vehicles to rescue more than 2,000 people in the greater Houston area on Sunday, a spokesman said.
    • The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings from near San Antonio to New Orleans, an area home to more than 13 million people.
    Estimates are that some 30,000 Houston residents will be left temporarily homeless. Houston airport will probably be closed until Thursday. Experts say there's an additional risk: waterborne illnesses:
    "Any time you have water, particularly water that is standing, you can have any number of bacteria or viruses," said Jonathan Yoder, deputy chief of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) waterborne disease prevention branch. "As a general rule, people should anticipate that that water is likely to be, at some level, contaminated."

    What it might be contaminated with ranges from unpleasant but relatively harmless gastrointestinal hazards, such as norovirus, to rarer, more serious bacteria - including Vibrio, a potentially deadly micro-organism naturally found along the Gulf Coast.
    "La réalité est un rêve que l'on fait atterrir" San Antonio AKA F. Dard

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