Spoiler: hurricane harvey shit 2017 Heyo friends & community!! I don't know how many people in the community live in the areas that are being affected, but I wanted to leave some resources here as well as keep everybody updated as time goes on (in a more serious thread than my last one) because I know a good number of people are worried. The Houston region, as I understand it, currently looks like an inland sea dotted by islands, with floodwaters inundating roads, vehicles, and even bridges and buildings. Thousands of people have been rescued from flooded homes and cars. At least twelve deaths and more than a dozen injuries have been attributed to the storm, which made landfall on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, the most powerful to hit the United States in a decade. More than 30 inches of rain has fallen on parts of the Houston area since Thursday, the National Weather Service reported on Monday, 8/28, causing catastrophic flooding that officials have called the worst in the state’s history. Now I can't say what's going on in Corpus Christi because I've been more concerned with and exposed to what's going on in my city; to help you guys understand the devastation: Houston is huge. The greater metropolitan area is circled by the Grand Parkway - which is 170 miles (273 km) long. That makes the area of the circle inside the Grand Parkway over 2200 sq. miles (5697 km²). 2200 square miles of densely habitated, urban and suburban, areas is flooded. Imagine if the entire state of Delaware, with twice the population of Manhattan, was under water. That's Houston. Hurricane Harvey is weakened to a tropical storm and additional weakening is forecast. However, the rain threat is just beginning. Harvey is moving ESE at 3 mph. Wind speed 40 mph. Min pressure 998 mb. Last updated 1:00 PM CDT Mon Aug 28, data from NOAA NHC. Spoiler: UPDATED EVENT TIMELINE 8/17 | Tropical Storm Harvey is named, six hours after the National Hurricane Center in Miami issues a potential tropical cyclone for several small Caribbean islands. 8/19 | Moving westward between the northern coast of South America and the larger Caribbean islands, Harvey is downgraded to a tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph). Six hours later, it is further downgraded to a tropical wave. 8/24 - 1pm | After quickly strengthening over the course of a day, Harvey becomes a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph). It is about 325 miles (525 kilometers) southeast of Port O'Connor, and Texas coastal communities in its path are urged to complete their preparations. By midnight, it is upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane and is 220 miles from Port O'Connor, with sustained maximum winds of 100 mph (160 kph). 8/25 - 2pm | Harvey is upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained maximum winds of 120 mph (195 kph). It is centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Corpus Christi. By 6 p.m., Harvey is a Category 4 storm just 45 miles from the city, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph). 8/25 - 10pm | Harvey makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane when the eye of the storm comes ashore between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, two communities on a spit off the coast of mainland Texas near Corpus Christi. 8/26 - 2am | Harvey is centered about 15 miles inland and is weakening as it slowly passes over land. It has been downgraded to a Category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). Two hours later, it is downgraded further to a Category 2. 8/26 - 5am | With maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), Harvey is downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Forecasters warn of potentially catastrophic flooding in the coming days. Hours later, it is downgraded yet again to a tropical storm. One fatality confirmed. 8/27 - 1:30pm | 6 more fatalities attributed to Harvey as family drowns inside van while trying to escape floodwaters. 8/27 - 5:20pm | Beltway 8 breaks near near I10. 8/28 - 3:20am | FEMA registration opens to Texans impacted by Harvey 8/28 - 11:44am | Entire Texas National Guard activated 8/28 - 11:49am | Explosion rocks building in downtown Houston 8/28 - 12:21pm | Addicks & Barkers Reservoirs Water Release begins - it's later reported that the release was 5,000 cubic feet per second, and would increase to 8,000. 8/28 - 1pm | NHC new advisory pushing Harvey out further into Gulf allowing for further strengthening. 8/28 - 2pm | Mandatory evacuation ordered for city of Dickinson. 8/28 - ??? | Exxon Mobil is in the process of shutting down the nation’s second-largest refining complex (keep in mind that half of the nation's refineries were/are in the impacted zone). Spoiler: TL;DR: WHAT'S GOING ON? How the storm developed: Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Tex., around 9:45 p.m. on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again on the shore of Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane. It brought devastating amounts of rain to an area that includes some of Texas’ most populous cities. It stretched along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio. Parts of Louisiana were also expecting heavy rain. What’s happening on the ground? At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has been inundated. Unlike many other cities in the hurricane’s path, Houston did not order evacuations before the storm, and countless residents were trapped in flooding homes. People fled to higher floors, and then to roofs; the Coast Guard rescued dozens. Chief Art Acevedo of the Houston Police Department warned residents not to take shelter in their attics “unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof.” Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed, and some people began pleading for help on social media. Many people shared an image of nursing home residents sitting in waist-high waters before they were rescued. What made Harvey so powerful? What set Harvey apart was its rain. The downpour has been torrential and unceasing. Once the storm made landfall, it essentially stalled. Roads in Houston and elsewhere were turned into raging rivers. The rain was not expected to let up for days. By the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain, forecasters said. “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning. Who is responding and how? President Trump responded to the storm with a series of tweets, noting the severity of the disaster and praising emergency workers. He signed a federal disaster proclamation and made plans to visit Texas on Tuesday. Houston opened its convention center as a mass shelter, and Dallas planned to do the same. Tens of thousands of people spent the weekend in shelters. In San Antonio, some of them talked to a Times reporter about their fears for what awaited them back home. Spoiler: CURRENT CIVIL EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR HARRIS & FORT BEND AS OF 8:00am 8/28/17 People escaping flood waters as a last resort, do not stay in attic. If highest floor of your home becomes dangerous, get on roof. Call 911 for help and stay on the line until answered. Take bottled water with you if possible and a tool so that if necessary, you can cut your way up to get onto the roof. If you need to be rescued, call 911 or USCG Houston Command Center at 281-464-4851. Do not report your information via social media Please do not drive. Stay off the roads. If you get stuck, you are endangering yourself and straining emergency resources in the process. If you are outside of Houston and concerned about coming back for work or family or any other reason, do not come here. Stay where you are. Precinct 7 Call Center numbers for non-emergency request and inquires: (713)274-3571 (713)274-3572 (713)274-3573 Spoiler: OPEN SHELTERS & EVACUATION ROUTES List of open shelters Shelters and evacuation points List of mandatory evacuation locations (as of the morning of 8/28) New evac orders | 8/27/17 - 12:30pm Spoiler: HOW CAN YOU HELP? Donations to the Red Cross for those affected by Harvey can be made online, or text HARVEY to 90999. Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online. Catholic Charities is accepting donations online, or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate. Airbnb is waiving all service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 1. Spoiler: STREAMS & FEEDS (some live, some aren't) Port O'Connor, Texas Kris TV - Corpus Christi Buffalo Bayou Livestream, Houston ABC13 - Houston KPRC2 - Houston KHOU - Houston 7KPLC - Louisiana Spoiler: NON-EMERGENCY RESOURCES Hurricane Harvey and Flooding Live Thread ready.gov/hurricanes Power Outage Map, Updated Every 10 Mins Harris County Flood Warning System Houston Traffic Cams Harvey Tracking Thread Rescue Request Form Disaster Unemployment Assistance Information Spoiler: PICS I STOLE FROM LOCAL FRIENDS' FACEBOOKS Spoiler: HURRICANE MEMES I STOLE FROM LOCA- Because I keep telling y'all we get our own set of memes every time a bad storm hits and you guys never believe me. ______________________________________________ Here's a page of live updates concerning the hurricane as it approaches the coast. 12:43 p.m. ET | Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac are churning behind Florence, raising fears of a repeat of 2017’s record season. The National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast shows Florence about 950 miles southeast of North Carolina’s Cape Fear as of Tuesday morning. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for the other five counties announced Monday: Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry Counties. News Report for our Non-US friends National Weather Service for Raleigh, NC National Weather Service for Newport/Morehead City National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook With only one day to prepare, here are some steps I recommend taking to those of you who may not have ever been through a hurricane/flood on the East Coast: 1. Charge any device that provides light. Laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still used for dialing 911. Charge external battery back ups. 2. Wash all trash cans, big and small, and fill with water for flushing toilets. Line outdoor trash cans with trash bags, fill with water and store in the garage. Add bleach to sterilize. 3. Fill every tub and sink with water. Cover sinks with Saran Wrap to keep it from collecting dust. Fill washing machine and leave lid up to store water. 4. Fill old empty water bottles and other containers with water and keep near sinks for washing hands. 5. Fill every Tupperware with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a back up water supply. 6. Fill drinking cups with water and cover with Saran Wrap. Store as many as possible in freezer. The rest you can store on the counter and use first before any water bottles are opened. Ice is impossible to find after the storm. 7. Reserve fridge space for storing tap water and keep the sealed water bottles on the counter. 8. Cook any meats in advance and other perishable foods. You can freeze cooked food. Hard boil eggs for snacks for first day without power. 9. Be well hydrated before the storm hits and avoid salty foods that make you dehydrated. 10. Wash all dirty clothes and bed sheets. Anything dirty will smell without the A/C, you may need the items, and with no A/C, you'll be sweating a lot. You're going to want clean sheets. 11. Toss out any expiring food, clean cat litter boxes, empty all trash cans in the house, including bathrooms. Remove anything that will cause an odor when the A/C is off. If you don't have a trash day pickup before the storm, find a dumpster. 12. Bring in any yard decor, secure anything that will fly around, secure gates, bring in hoses, potted plants, etc. Bring in patio furniture and grills. 13. Clean your environment so you have clear, easy escape routes. Even if that means temporarily moving furniture to one area. 14. Scrub all bathrooms so you are starting with a clean odor free environment. Store water filled trash cans next to each toilet for flushing. 15. Place everything you own that is important and necessary in a backpack or small file box that is easy to grab. Include your wallet with ID, phone, hand sanitizer, snacks, etc. Get plastic sleeves for important documents. 16. Write down your full name and social security number on your body with permanent marker should you be in the projected path of the hurricane. It's not fun to think about, but it will help rescuers identify you should anything happen. 17. Stock up on pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets. 18. Refill any medications. Most insurance companies allow for 2 emergency refills per year. 19. Gather all candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, and other items and keep them accessible. 20. If you can, take a video of your house and contents. Walk room to room--open cabinets/drawers and closets. This will help if you need to make a claim later. It will show proof of items and help you list all the items.