Not a week after a rare total eclipse traversed the entire United States, an unprecedented flood has all but taken out the nation’s fourth largest city — to exactly what extent we won’t know yet for a couple days (prayer urgency, especially for anyone stranded in an attic). It is exactly the kind of event foreseen as a beginning of troubles and also foreseen by climatologists since we first spoke with them — dozens of them — back in 1999 (for Sent To Earth). Torrential rainfall and terrific snow, they had predicted — great amounts of moisture in the atmosphere — would be the new normal. One notes the language even non-believing media outlets are using: “an apocalyptic onslaught of pounding rain,” says The New York Times [see below]. Let’s call it verisimilar for now (as the photo from The New York Post, above, shows). You think this is tremendous? In Nepal, Bangladesh, and northern India, twenty-four million have been displaced due to floods ongoing but under-reported at this very time, with 1,200 dead.
Not quite apocalyptic — that remains in the future — but a serious situation even though there are indications the storm may shift to the east of Houston, lessening its impact. Reports Reuters: “Flood damage in Texas from Hurricane Harvey may equal that from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, said an insurance research group on Sunday.” What will occur in Louisiana? One may note that the storm, like “Katrina,” has turned the glitzy convention center into a desperate refuge and that like “Katrina” it aimed at the very heart of the petroleum and petrochemical industries, no doubt flooding or causing blackouts at some of the massive refineries and chemical plants between Houston and Galveston, as well as near Corpus Christi — facilities so large they create their own small clouds and weather systems (known as the “heat-island effect”). It is as if God’s Creation rebels. Also taken out: cell towers, in fact the first thing to fall as winds howled and as we are left contemplating signs of the times that like floodwaters continue to edge close around us.
From The New York Times:
HOUSTON — What felt like an apocalyptic onslaught of pounding rains and rapidly rising floodwaters brought the nation’s fourth-largest city to its knees on Sunday, as highways and residential streets turned to rivers, waist-high waters choked off access to homes and hospitals, and officials begged boat owners to pitch in with an enormous and frantic rescue operation.
It was a scene that evoked Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, with worried residents punching holes in roofs in anticipation of the water rising even higher and people being rescued by helicopters from soggy rooftops.
The chaos inflicted by the remains of Hurricane Harvey played out across an enormous swath of Texas, most conspicuously in this metropolitan area of 6.6 million that has long been used to major storms blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, but that has seldom, if ever, faced a scene quite like this one.
Swollen rivers in east Texas aren’t expected to crest until later this week, but federal officials are already predicting Harvey will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 to seek some sort of disaster assistance.
From the Houston Chronicle:
From Fox News:
Hurricane Harvey continued to pound southeastern Texas on Sunday with “catastrophic flooding” in Houston that led to at least one death and an airport shutdown caused by standing water on the runways.
More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight Sunday. At least one person died due to the flooding, Houston Fire Department’s Sheldra Brigham said. Paramedics found the individual in a vehicle just before 10 p.m. A doctor, a passerby who stopped to help, was already at the scene and pronounced the person dead.
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