Hurricane Harvey is visiting a place that, again, suffers from a multibillion loss similar to the last one of nine years ago. A costly visit！ A 35-inch downpour is something incredible for many people to imagine how that could happen, but it will be one of Harvey's gifts--its peak precipitation.
Now the second chance comes to test the ability of the greatest businessman and his colleague. Last year the dam failure and subsequent large scale excavation revealed his incompetence and the slow responses of those victims.
If you stay in this hurricane-hit place, a good idea is to write you name and ID number on your arm or somewhere else easy to be seen using a permanent marker. This is just for an emergent case to identify you easily....
In those places, a good idea is to dig a cave on a low hill, high enough to aviod the submergence by a five meter high storm surge. At least lives can be saved if staying in the cave and storing in advance enough food there for a week.
I had ever thought that most Americans use electric power that is transmitted through underground cables. But the fact that several hundred thousand people had no power in the hurricane-hit region shows that it's not the case.
It also reminds of those scenarios in the rush hour's Tokyo and Beijing where swarms are jamming into a subway carriage, closely contacting and smelling each other. At such critical moments people often behave differently.
"It tends to gloss over the fact that society is constructed with poor drainage systems," Horne urged. "Building and flood zones with poor insurance programs -- they're almost constructed to generate catastrophe and almost constructed to generate a fertile field of exploitation for hucksters of the rankous sort." (sputnik)
Now the safety of private properties emerges, as seen from one of the today's cnn highlights-- Houston is under overnight curfew to prevent property crimes of evacuated homes. And the next one could be related to the filthy floodwater that is drenching the roads and houses.
Do you want to know how powerful of the superpower? Disaster-resisting capacity is one of the social facets and windows where detailed observation can be made on the corners of a modern society. After all, it's a matter of the folks' lives.
"In Port Arthur, the desperate pleas of help are piling up after its 55,0000 residents woke up to rising waters when the storm made it's final landfall Wednesday morning." This cnn message is interesting. At least it tells us that the local forecast and warning system is quite poor.
In "How Houston's layout may have made its flooding worse --Tough Lesson from Texas", CNN summarizes the human factors in the Harvey unprecedented flooding: "urban sprawl" (unplanned urbanization and population growth), "weak rules and regulations", and "poor reservoir and land management." This is close to what GTimes' conclusion means.
Unfortunately, folks are falling into the Harvey mire only to find another cropping up. This new one is named Irma. "Powerful Hurricane Irma could be next weather disaster," but its landfall location is yet unknown.