March 21 2018

Hurricane Harvey, weather extremes aren't natural

March 21 2018, 12:38 | Van Peters

US Hurricane Irma batters Florida extent of damage to be assessed

Hurricane Irma

Prior to hitting the Texas coastline, Harvey had become a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds over 130 miles per hour. Currently, the average is 26 cents higher at $2.41 per gallon.

Climate change is worsening the impacts of hurricanes such as Irma and Harvey, experts warned.

"Texas was on pace to set another record in 2017", Gaines said.

He said Harvey hit just as North American gasoline consumption was peaking heading into the Labour Day weekend, with August representing a record month for demand in the United States. "According to the preliminary data, Harvey was the worst in all but one". Volunteers, first responders and so many others have stepped up to the plate. The cost of hiring a tractor-trailer to transport freight from Dallas to Houston rose 66 percent for the week ending September 2, compared to the week prior, according to online load board DAT Solutions LLC, the WSJ said. explained that due to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Harvey went from a tropical depression to a Category 4 hurricane in just 56 hours.

To help speed delivery of emergency supplies after a storm, the US government as part of the disaster-declaration process routinely exempts commercial truck drivers in the region from federal rules, including ones limiting how many consecutive hours they can safely drive. "It's going to take 30 to 60 days to get back to some semblance of normalcy". Although the event was considered "unprecedented" by the National Weather Service, Houston residents have already experienced three once in five-hundred-year floods in the past three years. "We will not rest until Texas has made a full recovery".

That year was perhaps the last time FEMA faced as tough a test - when hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck within weeks of each other.

The hurricane was expected to be Category 4 when it approaches Florida early Saturday, and the possibility of its having a major impact on the state has increased, the National Hurricane Center said.

"We probably have peaked", Laducer said.

Overall, he said, tracking the storm as it developed was done with an wonderful level of accuracy. The storm does not get ripped apart, and can continue.

Referring to people in the Florida Keys who don't plan to evacuate, Long said, "You're on your own until we can actually get in there, and it's safe for our teams to support local and state efforts".

"We have seen both wholesale and retail prices come off the spike and I expect that trend is going to continue for a while", said Michael Ervin, vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd., which tracks petroleum markets.

A newly-released U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report stated that eight refineries along the Gulf Coast are in the process of restarting, all of which account for approximately 10 percent of the area's refining capabilities.

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