Hurricane Harvey: Live updates
As we embrace for hurricane Harvey, we remember the deadliest natural disaster in American history, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that killed over thousand people and brought forth a new focus on the study of hurricane prediction. On September 8, 1900, a horrific hurricane slammed into the city. Wind speeds surpassed 135 miles per hour, making it a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Storm surges rose 15 feet and, within hours, estimates of 6,000 to 12,000 unwary people were killed and over 3,600 buildings were destroyed. The Galveston Hurricane remains the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. ... Read more
What happened this week?
'Life-threatening' rainfall expected in Texas, hurricane center says. (CNN) Highways in Texas filled with cars Thursday into the night as coastal residents made their way north and out of the path of a hurricane that forecasters say will bring "life-threatening" amounts of rain ... Read more
A Texas-size flood threatens the Gulf Coast, and we’re so not ready. (GRIST) Aug 23. After a period of rapid intensification overnight, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Harvey to hurricane status at noon central time on Thursday. The storm is now expected to reach the coastline near Corpus Christi, Texas, late Friday as a major hurricane — the first U.S. landfall of a Category 3 or stronger hurricane since 2005 ... Read more
2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea ... Read more
What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?
Texas declares state of disaster as Tropical Depression Harvey approaches. Aug 23. (NBC4) HOUSTON (WCMH/AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 counties in Texas in anticipation of the landfall of Tropical Depression Harvey... Read more
Massive flood gates closed as TS Harvey churns toward Texas. Aug 24. NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In an abundance of caution, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority began closing two monster flood gates, protecting much of the city of New Orleans today ... Read more
Meyerland residents know they'll flood and are ready for the storm. MEYERLAND, Texas (KTRK) — A backhoe sits along the banks of Brays Bayou in Meyerland, where construction has been happening for nearly a month. Workers are widening 21 miles of Brays Bayou. It is part of a city project to reduce flooding in south Harris County ... Read more