Category: Houston

Capt. Dickerson, of the Ponderosa Fire Department, takes a reporter on a tour by boat through a subdivision in Houston near Cypress Creek. Hundreds of people have been removed from the flooded-out homes over the past 24 hours. Dickerson said he’s seen and heard of people on their second floors, in their attics, on their roofs or even in trees — and some are still refusing to leave.

Source: Think you’ve seen it all in Houston? Neighborhood of…

Hurricane Harvey is similar in many ways to the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. One of the marked differences is the role modern technology plays in preventing the horrendous loss of life that occurred in 1900 from being repeated today.

The Galveston Hurricane

Harvey may look like the more dangerous hurricane on paper but the consequences of the Galveston Hurricane were much worse.

The city of Galveston was demolished when the hurricane struck on September 8, 1900. The highest points in the city when the hurricane hit ranged between seven and nine feet above sea level. The storm surge crested at 15 feet. The hurricane rolled over the island destroying everything in its path.

Homes were knocked off their foundations and either carried away or reduced to kindling and rubble. Thirty thousand people, almost the entire population of the city, were left homeless. The rest were dead.

The loss of life in Galveston was horrendous. The death toll is estimated between 6,000 and 12,000. The generally accepted total is 8,000 deaths but no one knows for sure. To gain some context, 1,836 people died as a result of Katrina in 2005. Eight thousand dead is more than the number of American deaths in the Iraq and Afghan wars combined. The Galveston Hurricane is the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.

There were too many bodies to bury so the corpses were weighted, shipped out into the Gulf of Mexico on barges, and dumped overboard. Shortly thereafter the bodies began to wash back onshore. The survivors and rescue personnel turned to constructing funeral pyres to burn the corpses. The fires burned day and night for weeks.

Source: As Terrible As Harvey Is, The Galveston Hurricane Of 1900 Was Much, Much Worse

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CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann joins CBSN amid a lull in Tropical Storm Harvey. But officials say flooding is expected to get worse before it gets better.

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Experts say the “bayou city” is so vulnerable to floods — not only because it is low-lying — because explosive growth in the metro area has added 25 percent more pavement in the last 15 years, repl…

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AFTERMATH: Hurricane Harvey Flood Houston Texas – Flooded In Corpus Christi TX 8/27/2017

Rita: Texapocalypse roundup – Aquapocalypse Averted?
Author: Admin
Date: 09-24-05 11:42
Rita: Texapocalypse roundup

Image: Two geese and a jungle fowl, wait out Hurricane Rita in a men’s restroom at the Houston Zoo. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

* The Houston Chronicle’s Rita blog includes a post that points out one benefit of hybrid cars.

As vehicles ran out of gas during the Houston exodus (aka biggest traffic jam ever), one Chronicle employee who drove a Prius completed the 30 hour, 170 mile trek on three-quarters a tank of gas.

Other happy hybrid owners who didn’t have to stop for gas or turn off their A/C weigh in: “My folks drove to Austin from League City in their lexus hybrid and 21 hours of driving later still had 1/8 tank of gas left – plus they had my 87yr old grandfather with them and ran the air conditioner all day unlike most people who ran out of gas. 3 cheers for the hybrid!” Link

* Amid the largest concentration of oil refineries in the US, not a drop of gas for those who needed it: Link.
Most refineries in the area appear to have been spared: Link.

* Oh, let’s just nuke the hurricanes into submission: The federal government’s hurricane modification program was called Project Stormfury. The idea was raised during the Eisenhower administration after several major storms hit the East Coast in the mid-1950s, killing 749 people and causing billions in damages. But it wasn’t until 1961 that initial tests were conducted on Hurricane Esther with a Navy plane releasing silver iodide crystals. Some reports indicate winds were reduced by 10 percent to 30 percent.

During Stormfury, scientists also seeded hurricanes in 1963, 1969 and 1971 over the open Atlantic Ocean far from land. Researchers dropped silver iodide, a substance that serves as an effective ice nuclei, into clouds just outside of the hurricane’s eyewall. The idea was that a new ring of clouds would form around the artificial ice nuclei. The new clouds were supposed to change rain patterns and form a new eyewall that would collapse the old one. The reformed hurricane would spin more slowly and be less dangerous.

(…) Project Stormfury was abandoned in the 1980s after spending hundreds of millions of dollars. Other storm modification methods that have been suggested include cooling the tropical ocean with icebergs and spreading particles or films over the ocean surface to inhibit storms from evaporating heat from the sea. Occasionally, somebody suggests detonating a nuclear weapon to shatter a storm.

Link (Thanks, Tony, Dylan)

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