Hurricane Irma makes a move
THE category 4 tropical storm Harvey revealed massive cleanup challenges as it made an exit on Friday, September 1. Meanwhile, surrounding areas brace for the flood’s repercussions, and Hurricane Irma makes an appearance in the Atlantic Ocean.
Hurricane Harvey took an exit Friday after about a week of extreme winds and rainfalls across large parts of Texas and Louisiana. The storm made three landfalls with sustained winds of around 130 miles (215 kilometers) per hour, making it the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. since Katrina in 2005.
At least 45 deaths suspected to be Harvey related have been recorded so far and the numbers are subject to change as first responders continue their searches.
With thousands of homes and infrastructure waterlogged, and even more people displaced, the road to recovery is said to be a long and costly one.
On Friday, President Donald Trump proclaimed Sunday, September 3, a National Day of Prayer for Texas and tweeted he would be visiting the state on Saturday for the second time this week.
The tweet reads, “Texas is healing fast thanks to all of the great men & women who have been working so hard. But still so much to do. Will be back tomorrow.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday said on ABC’s Good Morning America that the storm resulted in a “massive, massive cleanup process.”
“This is not going to be short-term project,” said Abbott. “This is going to be a multiyear project for Texas to be able to dig out of this catastrophe.”
In a Friday afternoon briefing, Abbott said that more than 42,000 people were in shelters across Texas on Thursday night — 3,000 Texans were also said to be in Louisiana shelters.
Over 185,000 homes in Texas were said to be damaged and 9,000 were destroyed, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
As Harvey waters recede in Houston, officials are still urging those in flood prone areas such as Beaumont, to evacuate immediately as many rivers and basins remain vulnerable to “life threatening” flooding.
Residents in the city of Beaumont, 100 miles east of Houston, further grow anxious as damaged water pumping stations prevent access to clean water. When they’ll be running again is unknown.
Evacuations have already been in made in the city with a population of 120,000. According to Abbott, around 1,000 people have been evacuated overnight to Dallas and San Antonio.
Seen travelling across the Atlantic Ocean was Hurricane Irma which sustained winds of 110 mph late Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Still hundreds of miles from land, no projected landfall has been made. But forecasts show the category 3 storm potentially heading north or south of Puerto Rico, or the Dominican Republic and Haiti by the middle of next week.
In a USA Today report, Accuweather meteorologists Even Meyers said that if Irma was to reach the U.S. mainland as a category 4 storm, it would be the first time in 100 years for the U.S. to be hit by two category 4 storms in the same year. (Rae Ann Varona/AJPress)