Category: Hurricanes


“Greatest Evacuation In History” – 650,000 Ordered To Leave Florida via Zero Hedge

“There was no gas and it’s gridlock. People are stranded on the sides of the highway… It’s 92 degrees out and little kids are out on the grass on the side of the road. No one can help them.”

Source: “Greatest Evacuation In History” – 650,000 Ordered To Leave Florida | Zero Hedge

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Hurricane Irma is so strong it’s registering on devices designed to detect earthquakes

As Hurricane Irma strengthens, here is a look at how each hurricane category corresponds to their wind strength, according to The Saffir-Simpson scale. (USA TODAY)

Hurricane Irma is so strong it’s showing up on seismometers — equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

“What we’re seeing in the seismogram are low-pitched hums that gradually become stronger as the hurricane gets closer to the seismometer on the island of Guadeloupe,” said Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

The noise is likely caused by high winds — which cause tiny motions in the ground — and also by trees swaying in the wind, which also transfers energy into the ground, he said. The seismometer is located close to the ocean, so waves crashing along the coastline reverberate around the island, also generating seismic energy, Hicks added.

The hurricane isn’t creating earthquakes, he said. “Earthquakes occur tens of (miles) deep inside Earth’s crust, a long way from the influence of weather events, and there is no evidence to suggest that hurricanes and storms directly cause earthquakes,” Hicks said.

It’s not unusual for large storms to register on seismometers for hours to days as they pass over.

“We saw this for Hurricane Harvey on seismometers located close to Houston,” he said. In the U.K., wintertime storms can sometimes make it hard for seismologists to see small earthquakes because the noise level generated by storms is so high.

As Irma approaches seismic sensors, “we will see a dramatic increase in the amplitude of the seismic recordings,” Hicks said.

As Irma approaches seismic sensors, “we will see a dramatic increase in the amplitude of the seismic recordings,” Hicks said.

Source: Hurricane Irma is so strong it’s registering on devices designed to detect earthquakes | khou.com

Sewage, fecal bacteria in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters – CNN

Austin-based Jennifer Walker, the water resources program manager at Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, took time away from putting together evacuee kits with her sister to speak about what’s to come.
“Once the search and rescue is over, once they’ve explored the area and the floodwaters have receded, one of the things we actually really need to do is go out and figure out what we’re dealing with,” said Walker.
This includes thinking of all the different possibilities for “these chemicals and noxious things that are in pockets all over the Texas coast,” she said. “Where they went and where they could possibly land. We want to make sure our communities and our children are going to be safe.”
In parts of the city where there’s a higher concentration of chemical plants and refineries, there’s “obviously” a higher chance of contamination, said Walker. “But there are pipelines and conduits to move these substances all over Texas, frankly, but definitely on the Gulf Coast.”
“The obvious places to look would be around these chemical plants and the refineries,” said Walker. “But also the places where they use these chemicals. Paint and body shops, definitely, print shops, gas stations — they have tanks of gasoline underground, huge tanks of it — we always hear about dry cleaners, of course,” said Walker.
“Those kinds of businesses are all over the place,” said Walker, who noted that they also “have stringent rules in place for how they deal with and contain their chemicals — but this is a highly unusual situation.”
“My own father owns an auto repair place,” she said, adding that his business had containment systems, such as a retaining wall built around the containers holding antifreeze and other chemicals around it.
While there are different kinds of controls in place, “you also don’t expect 50 inches of rain and massive flooding,” said Walker.

What remains behind

Natural processes — including sunlight, oxygen and soil — will break some of the harmful organisms down, but testing is still needed.
“We need to know what we’re dealing with so we can know this stuff is going to break down in a month,” said Walker. “This stuff is going to be here for a long time and we need to put some barricades around it.”
“A lot of this is going to wash out into Galveston Bay and into our bays and estuaries where there’s incredible commercial and recreational fishery,” she said. “It’s not just people. There’s going to be a lot of wildlife impacted by this when all this stuff sweeps out into our bays and into Mexico.”
Sierra Club created a map to catalog a lot of the potential sources, said Walker. “That was us trying to wrap our arms around this problem and also trying to get this information to the public.”
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“I hope that we’re able to watch it and see what happens and be proactive and get some different testing done and see what we’re dealing with,” said Walker. “We don’t want to find out 10 years later that there is a problem and there was something we could have done.”

Source: Sewage, fecal bacteria in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters – CNN

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…

Texas Refineries Flooded

 

“A chemical plant in Baytown, Texas, is under attack by water. Baytown is about 35 miles east of Houston.”

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

Houston, Before and After Harvey – Video – NYTimes.com

Officials act to protect downtown Houston from Harvey floods

https://apnews.com/76ee41edba1a48d39428f8a95b6e148a/Officials-act-to-protect-downtown-Houston-from-Harvey-floods

 

Elderly Couple Rescued from Flooded Homem Dickinson, TX – CNN

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