U.S. to face one of the most unsafe hurricanes ever
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 13, 2017,
Sep 13, 2017, 0:22
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday that a relief package of $15.3 billion would help reinforce the ongoing recovery in Texas from Hurricane Harvey.
It brought record-breaking rainfall to some areas, and caused catastrophic levels of flooding across eastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
"The impacts from the cyclone were far-reaching, and the scope of flood damage in Houston - the nation's fourth largest city - was historic". Following this, currently, Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes on record, is pummeling through the Caribbean and might hit Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the worth of the total of damaged goods at $160 billion in today's dollars.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are forecast to cost the USA $290 billion, weather services company AccuWeather said Monday. But the longer we take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, the worse these impacts will be, and the steeper the human and economic costs. The American Red Cross and many other groups also are collecting donations. However, when it made its second landfall along the coastline of southeastern Louisiana on August 29, 2005, the storm was said to have scaled up to a Category 3 hurricane.
FlightAware reported 12,678 delayed flights and 4,461 canceled flights across the U.S.as of early Monday afternoon, with Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International accounting for the bulk of storm-related cancellations. Three of those 27 landfalls were Category 5 hurricanes.
Hurricane Irma, now a Category 1 storm with top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, was battering Orlando early Monday morning after lashing southern Florida and moving across the center of the state, Yahoo reported.
"We are seeing the Gulf Coast refineries come back online".