“Unprecedented” Hurricane Harvey Is “One Of The Worst Disasters In US History”
August 24, 2017
So how often do hurricanes like Harvey come along? A quick look at the record of Atlantic coast hurricanes reveal that there have been 94 that have achieved Category 4 status since 1851. That means there’s at least one every two years. As a point of comparison, there’s a Category 5 hurricane once every three years.
The impact of each hurricane can’t just be dictated by its categorization, however. It depends where it hits, when it hits, and what its path is – and, as Hurricane Katrina revealed so grimly, it also depends on how effective the response of the authorities are. This means that weaker hurricanes can end up doing far more damage than stronger ones.
In any case, the fact that the NWS – a normally conservative scientific group when it comes to rhetoric – is describing Harvey as “unprecedented” is worth paying attention to.
Its assessment is likely based on the fact that Texas, despite having experienced at least six Category 4 hurricanes since 1900, has never undergone such rapid flooding before. This is primarily because this storm has stalled over the state; instead of spreading out the harm, it’s concentrating it in one place. This has culminated in what some are calling a one-in-1,000 year event.
It’s too early to tell what the overall outcome of the storm will be, but at this rate, it will likely be the most costly natural disaster in American history. When the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were asked how long they’d need to be there to help the state recover, its administrator told reporters that they’re “going to be there for years.” …
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Harvey’s Recap: A Truly Historic Hurricane
Below is a comprehensive look back at the history of Harvey, beginning with an overview of its journey, followed by recaps of its landfall impacts and catastrophic flooding.
That disturbance finally formed into Tropical Storm Harvey east of the Lesser Antilles on Aug. 17. Those islands experienced locally heavy rain and gusty winds as Harvey passed through.
A couple of days later, Harvey succumbed to dry air and unfavorable winds aloft in the eastern Caribbean, and the National Hurricane Center ceased advisories on Aug. 19.
The remnants of Harvey continued to push northwest for several days and eventually crossed Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Once its remnants moved back over water in the southwest Gulf of Mexico, Harvey quickly reformed into a tropical depression on Aug. 23.
In just 56 hours, Harvey grew from a regenerated tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico into a Category 4 hurricane as it made landfall near the Texas Gulf Coast late on Aug. 25.
Jesus foretold that there would be an increase in earthquakes and fearful events as humanity draws closer to the Day of the Lord. How should we prepare? …
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.
“For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth.
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
— Jesus (Luke 21:34-36, NIV)