HURRICANE HARVEY (update 03/09/17)
The Economic Collapse
Hurricane Harvey Will Render Some Parts Of Texas ‘Uninhabitable For An Extended Period Of Time’
By Michael Snyder, on August 27th, 2017
Do you remember what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans? Well, now we are watching the
same thing happen to southeast Texas. On Friday, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane. It is the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States in 12 years, and it is the most powerful storm to hit the state of Texas in at least
50 years. One meteorologist is saying that what we are witnessing is “worse than the worst-case scenario for Houston”, and another stated that this storm “could easily be one of the worst flooding disasters in U.S. history”.
would be difficult to overstate the devastation in the Houston area at this moment. Hurricane Harvey has ripped roofs off of homes, turned vehicles over and snapped thousands of trees. Thousands have been rescued from their homes and vehicles, and it is being
reported that so far five people have died. In fact, one woman’s dead body was actually spotted floating down the street.
According to the National Weather Service, over 24 inches of rain fell in Houston in just a 24 hour period. More rain continues
to fall in southeast Texas, and meteorologists are running out of adjectives to describe the nightmare that is currently unfolding…
“It’s catastrophic, unprecedented, epic — whatever adjective you want to use,” Patrick
Blood, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Chronicle. “It’s pretty horrible right now.” The newspaper reported the weather service said five people have died in the Houston area in unconfirmed flood-related deaths.
latest forecasts are telling us that we could see a total of 40 to 50 inches of rain in southeast Texas by Thursday, and so some areas will actually receive a “year’s worth of rain” in less than a week…
worth of rain may fall in the span of a few days near the Texas Gulf Coast,” reported Weather.com. “A multi-day deluge of the Texas Gulf Coast with catastrophic and life-threatening flooding and destructive winds through could leave areas uninhabitable
for an extended period of time, the National Weather Service has warned.”
Did you catch that last part?
The National Weather Service is actually saying that some portions of Texas could be “uninhabitable for an extended period of
time” as a result of this storm.
It appears to be inevitable that more people are doing to die before this is all over. Authorities are trying to rescue as many people as they can, but there just aren’t enough resources.
As the water
continues to climb, some people are actually climbing into their atticsin a desperate attempt to save themselves, but that is a very bad idea…
“We are getting calls from people climbing into their attic. This is along I-45 between downtown
and Clear Lake,” Lindner said. “This is along Berry Bayou, Beamer Ditch, Turkey Creek, portions of Clear Creek, Vince Bayou, Little Vince Bayou in Pasadena,” he said. “Pretty much the entire southeast side of Harris County has had 13
to 15 inches of rain in three hours.”
Lindner said they’re also seeing flooding along portions of Hunting Bayou, downtown along Buffalo Bayou, Brays Bayou and Keegan’s Bayou.
Chief Art Acevedo tweeted,” have reports of
people getting into attic to escape floodwater do not do so unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof.”
This is already being called “a once in a 500 year flood”, and the experts are already telling us that the
total economic damage is going to be in the tens of billions of dollars.
Earlier this month, I wrote about an unusual series of events that would happen over a 40 day period starting with the recent solar eclipse, but of course at the time I couldn’t
account for additional unexpected events such as Hurricane Harvey. And I find it very interesting that this hurricane began forming just about the same time as the eclipse. The following comes from Wikipedia…
The eighth named storm, third hurricane,
and the first major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Harvey developed from a tropical wave to the east of the Lesser Antilles on August 17. The storm crossed through the Windward Islands on the following day, passing just south of Barbados
and later near Saint Vincent. Upon entering the Caribbean Sea, Harvey began to weaken due to moderate wind shear and degenerated into a tropical wave north of Colombia early on August 19. The remnants were monitored for regeneration as it continued west-northwestward
across the Caribbean and the Yucatán Peninsula, before re-developing over the Bay of Campeche on August 23. Harvey then began to rapidly intensify on August 24, re-gaining tropical storm status and becoming a hurricane later that day. Moving generally
northwestwards, Harvey’s intensification phase stalled slightly overnight from August 24–25, however Harvey soon resumed strengthening and became a Category 4 hurricane late on August 25. Hours later, Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas,
at peak intensity.
As a result of this storm, thousands could be trapped in their homes without power for an extended period of time.
Do you think that those that have been storing up food and emergency supplies all this time will be glad that
they have done so?
Of course the answer to that question is obvious. If you wait until disaster strikes to get prepared, it will be too late. A whole lot of people down in Texas are going to end up in some very desperate situations because they never
believed that something like this could ever happen to them.
For those of you that would like some helpful advice on getting prepared for future disasters, I would encourage you to check out a book that I co-authored with Barbara Fix entitled “Get
Prepared Now”. Barbara is a highly respected prepping expert, and she is also getting heavily involved in my campaign for Congress. So much of the information in that book is timeless, and my hope is that we can encourage as many people as possible to
start getting prepared because very troubled times are ahead of us.
Please pray for the people in Houston and throughout the entire southeast Texas area. We truly have not seen a storm like this since Hurricane Katrina, and many portions
of the Texas Gulf Coast will be changed forever by this disaster.
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Harvey's "Unprecedented" Devastation, "No Parallel To Any Rainstorm In US History"
by Tyler Durden
Aug 28, 2017 3:33 PM
Based on the number of people affected, amount of water involved, and other factors, meteorologists have warned,
there may be no parallel available to any other rainstorm in U.S. history as Mashable's Andrew Freeman reportsTropical Storm Harvey has dropped more than 11 trillion gallons of water on Texas, triggering catastrophic, unprecedented flooding in the Houston
The rains have broken all-time records, exceeding the rainfall totals seen during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001... and it could be about to get a lot worse as forecasters are expecting the storm to turn back and drench what is left of Houston
once again midweek.
According to Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at WeatherBell, a private forecasting firm, there is still up to 16 trillion gallons more rain likely to fall in the state, based on forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Weather Service office in Houston reported just over 2 feet of rain in 24 hours between 7 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday morning, causing August to become the wettest month on record there. Forecast totals call for isolated rainfall amounts of up to 50 inches
before Harvey finally releases its grip on the Lone Star state late this week. If this comes to fruition, it would be the greatest rainfall totals from a tropical storm or hurricane in U.S. history.
Maue estimates that at otal of around 25 trillion
gallons may be the final statewide rainfall total for Harvey, which is such a unique storm due to its slow-moving nature that the NWS has nearly run out of superlatives describing it.
Due to its wide geographic scope across America's 4th-largest city,
the ensuing flood disaster may rank as one of the most, if not the most, expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
According to a tweet the NWS sent, "this event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced."
With more rain to come, and rivers still rising to expected record-shattering crests early this week, the disaster continues to unfold.
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, predicted that the aftermath
of the storm would require FEMA’s involvement for years. “This disaster’s going to be a landmark event,” Long said.
Texas air pollution sensors switched off as refineries
seep toxic chemicals into air & water
August 31, 2017
US crude oil and petrochemical
refining capacity in Texas has been severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey, releasing hazardous pollutants into the air and flood waters left in the wake of the storm.
Arkema, a global chemical major, warned Wednesday that flooding has severely damaged
their Houston plant's refrigeration systems, increasing the likelihood of an explosion in the coming week and a heightened risk of yet more pollutants leaking into the ecosystem.
“At this time, while we do not believe there is any imminent danger,
the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real,” Arkema said in a statement.
Oil giant Exxon Mobil is among the companies to report incidents of emissions released at its refineries as
a result of the hurricane which ransacked coastal parts of Texas and caused widespread flooding in the country’s fourth biggest city, Houston.
However, the true extent of the air pollution will prove hard to determine for some time after the storm
subsides as The Texas Council on Environmental Quality shut down all of its air quality monitors in the Houston area, according to the Houston Press.
This effectively means the affected companies can report whatever they wish without any oversight from
the state regulators.
Texas is also home to several so-called superfund sites, designated areas of extreme pollution "which warrant further investigation" according to the Environmental Protection Agency. As shown in the before and after maps below,
the vast majority of these toxic sites are now flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
On Wednesday, Saudi-owned Motiva shuttered its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest facility in the US, which normally produces 600,000 barrels a day.
At least 13 other refineries in the area closed as a result of Harvey, the US Department of Energy reported, while others are operating at limited capacity.
Exxon admitted there were issues at its plants in a regulatory filing to the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality.
Its Baytown refinery near Houston, the second-largest in the country, was shutdown on Sunday as Harvey moved inland.
The refinery reported two controlled emission release events, which included carbon monoxide, nitrogen
oxides, sulfur dioxide and benzene being released into the atmosphere.
The chemicals and pollutants released from refineries and plants in Texas’ petrochemical hub are known to have a damaging effect on the environment and could pose a risk of
contaminating floodwaters left in the hurricane’s wake.
The petrochemical Benzene, a carcinogen and major component in fossil fuels, reduces red and white blood cell production and decreases auto-immune cell function following prolonged exposure.
While other emissions, including, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are particle-forming air pollutants that contribute to cardiopulmonary health issues, like lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema.
In a third reported incident since Harvey made
landfall in Texas, Exxon said a floating roof over a tank in its Baytown refinery sank as a result of the rain, causing unusually high levels of emissions to be released.
Floating roofs are common in oil tanks and are a way to control how much oil is
lost to evaporation by allowing the roof to move based on the amount of liquid in the tank.
Exxon said it would “conduct an assessment to determine the impact of the storm once it’s safe to do so,” the Washington Post reports.
The company said it needed to make repairs on the tank, which would involve first emptying it, though Exxon could not confirm in what time frame.
One of the company’s other facilities, in Beaumont, east of Houston, also released 1,300lbs of
sulphur dioxide in one hour on Sunday, exceeding its allocated emissions limit by a factor of ten to one.
“Excess emissions occurred during an upset on the Sulfur Plant Thermal Oxidizer,” Exxon said in the report.
was stabilized. No impact to the community has been reported,” the company said. “Actions were taken to minimize emissions and to restore the refinery to normal operations.”
Petrochemical giant Chevron Phillips reported an estimated
776,000 pounds of combined chemicals released from its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown as part of its plant shutdown.
Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, stores petroleum products for companies such as Chevron and
Shell at its terminal in Pasadena, Harris.
It reported 394,000 pounds of combined hazardous chemicals on Sunday and Monday, also as a result of a malfunctioning floating roof. In this case, it caused product to spill to the ground.
said it will “attempt to safely land roof of Tank 150-39 and remove product when conditions are safe.” It added it was “taking all necessary steps to prevent or minimize any increased risk to human health and safety and to the environment.”
Almost one third of US oil refining capacity is located on the Gulf Coast. The US produces about 17.5 million barrels of oil per day. According to oil market analysts cited by CNBC, about 20 percent of the country’s oil refining operations are out
Ships carrying crude oil from the Mexican Gulf are not able to port in the area due to swelling waters caused by Harvey, resulting in a backlog of ships waiting to dock and unload their cargo. The Gulf of Mexico accounts for close to 20
percent of total US crude oil production.
CNBC estimates the port closures cost roughly $350 million a day. The port hold-up also affects the amount of crude oil refineries have access to once they return to full operation.
Gas prices across
the US have already risen to a two-year high, with the increase likely to hit consumers at the pump in a week.
It is unknown how long the refineries will remain out of production, as the extent of flood damage is not yet known. Following Hurricane Katrina
in 2005, refineries in the area didn’t return to normal production capacity for two months.
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