Flood waters are receding in Houston after the historic rainfall from Hurricane Harvey earlier this month. But the water itself was not the only threat. Flooding breached dozens of waste treatment centres, sending a deluge of bacteria throughout the city. The New York Times reports on the victims of the bacterial spread, including an elderly woman who contracted a rare, "gruesome and often deadly infection commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria" after she fell while evacuating.
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Waste treatment plants across Houston were breached during the heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. Now, Houston residents are returning home to what remains even after the floodwater recedes: e. Coli, lead, arsenic, and sewage sediment containing dangerous bacteria. According to a report out Tuesday, the New York Times funded lab analysis and sample collection with a team of environmental scientists from Baylor Medical College, Rice University, and the Houston health department's Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention. The results are disturbing.
In a bonkers interview with CNN yesterday, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt doubled down on the climate censorship that's become foundational to this US administration's environmental agenda. A longtime denier of man-made climate change, Pruitt told CNN it is "insensitive" to discuss the role climate change may have played in strengthening Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma.
Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic north of the Caribbean and east of Florida, blasted its way through some of the first targets on its route today -- and the initial outlook is not pretty.
Category 5 Hurricane Irma is currently barrelling through the Atlantic Ocean and is now considered the strongest recorded storm in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico, the Weather Channel reports.
After a week of storms and high water, Hurricane Harvey has now left at least 43 people in southeast Texas dead. In addition to the damage to infrastructure, property and residents' lives, the possible environmental consequences of the massive flooding in the nation's largest petrochemical complex are just now becoming apparent.
Last week, a team of intrepid storm chasers converged near Corpus Christi, Texas to witness the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, the storm that's brought over 127cm of rain to the Texas Gulf Coast and major flooding to the city of Houston. But these researchers collecting data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) didn't just get the usual storm readings. They obtained weather balloon data they say have never before been collected from a hurricane in the history of the agency. Eventually, they hope the information acquired will help improve forecast models and prevent future disasters such as the flooding in Houston.
As Texas recovers from the battering winds and record-setting rainfall of Hurricane Harvey, Apple and Dell customers elsewhere in the US are learning the storm may have some unforeseen consequences.
As Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters begin to slowly recede from Houston, leaving behind at least 23 dead, residents and authorities alike are only beginning to assess the surreal extent of the damage throughout the region. That includes America's largest refining and petrochemical complex, which experts have warned for years would be a serious hazard if the area was hit by something like Harvey.
This week, NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) -- home of the space agency's Mission Control -- became an island in a sea of floodwater. After staggering amounts of damage in Houston, today Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall once again, bringing torrential downpours to areas of Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Somehow, against difficult odds and a lot of rain, the heart of the space community is still beating, thanks to some seriously dedicated employees.
Extreme rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey has left thousands in Houston and surrounding communities stranded. Some parts of the city have experienced over 100cm of rain, and forecasters say that number is expected to rise over the coming days. This morning the storm repositioned itself in the Gulf of Mexico, where it will collect more moisture before striking land again. When it does, some areas of Texas and Louisiana could see an additional 51cm of rain. On top of all this, flash flood warnings are still in effect.
Houston is experiencing catastrophic flooding as the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a category 4 hurricane on Friday local time, continues to relentlessly dump rain on the region. Images of heroism and destruction have been making the rounds on Twitter. And so has that damn shark photo. Again.
Hurricane Harvey and its remnants have managed to dump likely record-setting amounts of rainfall across Texas. The Weather Channel expects that some locations could see accumulation totals of 127cm before the weather finally lets up. Some locations around and outside of Houston have already have seen floods higher than 4.5m.
We've all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that's still taking place.