Air Service to Florida Shut Down After Hurricane Irma

13 September, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • A FEMA truck sits in floodwaters on the Beltway 8 feeder road in Houston

This is the first time in the history of record keeping that two Category 4 or higher hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have struck the USA mainland in the same year and that too within two weeks of each other. A few years ago, I contributed to a report for the Risky Business Project, a bipartisan group set up to assess economic impacts of climate change.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused between $150 billion and $200 billion in damage to Texas and Florida, comparable to the costs from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, a according to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics on Monday.

The findings may not apply to large storms, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, that do receive national attention - the study only examined extreme weather events that did not receive national coverage.

Last month, the Trump administration did not renew the Advisory Committee for Sustained National Climate Assessment, which is created to help USA employees understand the government's climate reports. At the same time, the extra heat in the air and water means there is more energy to feed the storm, raising the wind speed of the hurricane.

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At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day. The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for coastal areas of Mexico between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde .

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Taking over those spots in the Top Five are No. 4 Penn State (No. 6 in preseason poll) and No. 5 Oklahoma (No. 7). Ohio State received one first-place vote and sits in second place for a second consecutive week.

Under Pruitt's direction, it's doubtful the EPA will heed scientists' advice to prepare for the consequences of climate change. "This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come". After devastating several Caribbean islands earlier this week, the monster storm is expected to regain strength make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday. (Pruitt told CNN in a phone interview last week now is "not the time" to discuss climate change). Harvey initially came ashore in South Texas on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, then went back out to sea and lingered off the coast as a tropical storm for days.

With total economic losses estimated to reach tens of billions of dollars at the minimum, Harvey is likely to become one of the costliest natural disasters on record, according to Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team Impact Forecasting.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price called Irma a "remarkably risky storm and the window to get yourself in the right spot.is closing rapidly".

"Clearly we dealt with Houston and we were prepared, more so, in terms of how we would pivot to our operation in South Florida", United spokesman Hobart said.

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