HURRICANE IMELDA

Houston waited and watched, with Harvey on its mind.   In the Houston area, which had seemed to escape the worst of the storm earlier in the week, rain was falling at up to four inches per hour on Thursday.  George Bush Intercontinental Airport north of Houston, which serves an average of 120,000 travelers a day, briefly came to a “full ground stop,” in the morning, with all flight operations halted because of the weather. Flights headed to Houston were delayed by an average of nearly four hours. Some were diverted south to the city’s secondary airport, William P. Hobby, where flight operations were continuing.  At a news briefing, Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston discouraged employers from sending their workers home early, saying everyone should avoid driving on the roads until the flooding receded.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/us/houston-beaumont-flooding-imelda.html

Houston waited and watched, with Harvey on its mind.

In the Houston area, which had seemed to escape the worst of the storm earlier in the week, rain was falling at up to four inches per hour on Thursday.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport north of Houston, which serves an average of 120,000 travelers a day, briefly came to a “full ground stop,” in the morning, with all flight operations halted because of the weather. Flights headed to Houston were delayed by an average of nearly four hours. Some were diverted south to the city’s secondary airport, William P. Hobby, where flight operations were continuing.

At a news briefing, Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston discouraged employers from sending their workers home early, saying everyone should avoid driving on the roads until the flooding receded.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/us/houston-beaumont-flooding-imelda.html

IMG_3686.JPG
IMG_1206.JPG
IMG_5224.JPG

(CNN) -After carving a path of despair along the coast of Florida’s Panhandle, Hurricane Michael drubbed the state’s inland rural communities with such unexpected brutal force that it left residents and officials stunned — and facing a daunting recovery.

If you are willing to help out and you are wondering how, here is how you can:

 
 
Michael is leaving behind millions of people facing a daunting recovery    (CNN)-  As Michael moves into the Atlantic, the days of misery are far from over in the coastal cities left devastated beyond recognition. There's no water, no power and emergency officials have no access to many towns from the Florida Panhandle to Virginia.  Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, left the East Coast early Friday morning. Yet, parts of Virginia   are still seeing dangerous wind gusts, the National Hurricane Center said.  Aerial footage shows coastal cities in Florida completely wiped out. Residents are walking through piles of debris, some assessing the damage and others trying to get out and find food.  "This is not stuff that you just put back together overnight," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Thursday. "It's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two."

Michael is leaving behind millions of people facing a daunting recovery

(CNN)- As Michael moves into the Atlantic, the days of misery are far from over in the coastal cities left devastated beyond recognition. There's no water, no power and emergency officials have no access to many towns from the Florida Panhandle to Virginia.

Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States, left the East Coast early Friday morning. Yet, parts of Virginia are still seeing dangerous wind gusts, the National Hurricane Center said.

Aerial footage shows coastal cities in Florida completely wiped out. Residents are walking through piles of debris, some assessing the damage and others trying to get out and find food.

"This is not stuff that you just put back together overnight," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Thursday. "It's unrealistic for people to think it's going to happen in the next day or two."

 
 
Mexico Beach is 'wiped out' by Hurricane Michael    CNN.com      Three additional deaths have been linked to Hurricane Michael, bringing the death toll from the storm to five.  Four people have died in Gadsden County, Florida. Authorities said a man died after a tree fell on a home. The sheriff's department has not released details on the county's three other storm-related deaths.  Previously, officials in Seminole County, Georgia, said a metal carport hoisted by the wind crashed through a roof, hitting a girl's head and killing her.     What used to be a gorgeous beachfront city now looks like an apocalyptic mess after Hurricane Michael shredded Mexico Beach, Florida.  "Mexico Beach was wiped out," said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "That's probably ground zero."

Mexico Beach is 'wiped out' by Hurricane Michael

CNN.com


Three additional deaths have been linked to Hurricane Michael, bringing the death toll from the storm to five.

Four people have died in Gadsden County, Florida. Authorities said a man died after a tree fell on a home. The sheriff's department has not released details on the county's three other storm-related deaths.

Previously, officials in Seminole County, Georgia, said a metal carport hoisted by the wind crashed through a roof, hitting a girl's head and killing her.


What used to be a gorgeous beachfront city now looks like an apocalyptic mess after Hurricane Michael shredded Mexico Beach, Florida.

"Mexico Beach was wiped out," said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "That's probably ground zero."

 
 
Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida Panhandle with 155-mph winds - CNN   A potentially catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Michael has made landfall in the Florida Panhandle with sustained winds of 155 mph, making this the strongest storm to hit the continental US since  Hurricane Andrew  smashed into South Florida in 1992.  "I am scared to death for the people who chose not to evacuate. This is just a horrendous storm," Gov. Rick Scott told CNN shortly after Michael's landfall.  Streets were flooding in the Panhandle city of Apalachicola. In Panama City Beach, winds of about 100 mph furiously whipped the trees in the early afternoon as siding ripped from a building got caught against a fence.  CNN.com

Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida Panhandle with 155-mph winds - CNN

A potentially catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Michael has made landfall in the Florida Panhandle with sustained winds of 155 mph, making this the strongest storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Andrew smashed into South Florida in 1992.

"I am scared to death for the people who chose not to evacuate. This is just a horrendous storm," Gov. Rick Scott told CNN shortly after Michael's landfall.

Streets were flooding in the Panhandle city of Apalachicola. In Panama City Beach, winds of about 100 mph furiously whipped the trees in the early afternoon as siding ripped from a building got caught against a fence.

CNN.com

 
 
Big Bend Category 4 Landfall, Hurricane Michael.

Big Bend Category 4 Landfall, Hurricane Michael.

Weather.com”

Hurricane Michael is close to a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 strike on the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend with a life-threatening storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week.

An extreme wind warning has been issued until 2:15 p.m. EDT for Gulf, southern Bay and southwestern Franklin counties where winds in excess of 130 mph are moving onshore. This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Treat this warning as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to the safe room in your shelter, advises the National Weather Service.

If Michael makes landfall as a Category 4 storm, as expected, it will be the strongest hurricane to ever come ashore along the Florida Panhandle in records dating to 1851, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, tropical scientist at Colorado State University. In fact, Florida's entire Gulf Coast north of Punta Gorda has never recorded a Category 4-plus hurricane landfall.

No longtime residents of this area will have seen a hurricane this strong before. 

As the National Weather Service in Tallahassee emphasized early Wednesday, this morning was the last chance to get to a safe place in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend hurricane and storm surge warned areas.