Hurricane Harvey and Other Natural Disasters

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year period with no major hurricanes making landfall in the United States. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.

Harvey caused at least 48 confirmed deaths; 1 in Guyana, and 47 in the United States. Catastrophic inland flooding is ongoing in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. FEMA director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years. Preliminary estimates of economic losses range from $10 billion to $160 billion, with a large portion of losses sustained by uninsured homeowners.

Energy production in the Gulf of Mexico declined in the wake of Harvey resulting in a rose in gas prices. Two ExxonMobil refineries had to be shut down following related storm damage and releases of hazardous pollutants. Two oil storage tanks owned by Burlington Resources Oil and Gas collectively spilled 30,000 gallons of crude in DeWitt County. An additional 8,500 gallons of wastewater was spilled in the incidents

The 2017 Arkema plant explosion was an industrial disaster that took place in Crosby, Texas, during Hurricane Harvey. Flooding from the hurricane disabled the refrigeration system at the plant which manufactured organic peroxides.

The flooding in Houston from the storm required the traditional Governor's Cup National Football League preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans scheduled for August 31 to be moved from NRG Stadium in Houston to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game was later cancelled to allow the Houston Texans players to return to Houston after the storm. In addition, the Houston Astros were forced to move their August 2931 series with the Texas Rangers from Minute Maid Park in Houston to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Preliminary estimates of economic losses range anywhere from $10 billion to $50 billion. Moody's Analytics has the estimate of between $40 billion to $50 billion in damages due to the storm. According to weather analytics firm Planalytics, lost revenue to Houston area retailers and restaurants alone will be approximately $1 billion. The Houston area controls 4% of the spending power in the United States.

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Dreamscapes of Reality

Whenever I see natural disasters sweeping across the country, forever changing the lives of those in its wake, it reminds me of the millions of refugees coming out of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and other areas hard hit by one disaster or another, events most of us never imagine would leave us homeless here ... until they do. I most likely explore the grids for these disastrous events in my sleep, because I wake up with visions of the devastation as if an observer. Natural disasters, or human disasters, can strike at any time. I am forever grateful to be in my little part of this reality and for the moment feel safe. "Safety" with everything going on in the world today is not an easy component of the human equation, but we are programmed to move forward one day at a time. Here in the northeast we've had an amazing stretch of beautiful weather, which we cherish, spending time outdoors as the journey continues. One way or another, we are all on borrowed time in the dreamscapes of reality.


Focus is on flooding in Texas with stories of heroism and compassion touching the hearts of people around the world who watch as the homeless make their way to safety. The flood stories are in biblical proportions - perhaps therein lies a metaphoric truth. I'm receiving conspiracy theories about the nature of the storm but ignoring them. We all put the pieces of the puzzle together based on our programming for experience.

If you are seeing events as pieces of a (holographic) puzzle

coming together to affect a grand finale, you are correct.