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In just one devastating month, Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean were changed forever. In summer 2017, three monster hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. First, Harvey brought catastrophic rain and flooding to Houston, causing $125 billion in damage.
Less than two weeks later, Irma lashed the Caribbean with 180 mile per hour winds—and left the island of Barbuda uninhabitable. Hot on Irma’s heels, Maria intensified from a Category 1 to a Category 5 hurricane in just 30 hours, then ravaged Puerto Rico and left millions of people without power.
As the planet warms, are these superstorms the new normal? How well can we predict them? And as the U.S. faces the next hurricane season, does it need to prepare for the reality of climate refugees? NOVA takes you inside the 2017 superstorms and the cutting-edge research that will determine how well equipped we are to deal with hurricanes in the future.
Hurricane is different.
Some move slowly, some fast. Some have high winds spawning tornadoes.
Others have a great storm surge causing much flooding like Katrina.
Last year of the three major storms, Harvey & Irma set new
Andrew, category 5, hit one city hard causing enormous damage and
loss of life.
moved slowly and stalled as it hit Texas pumping an enormous amount
of water from the Gulf of Mexico on one city.
one of the largest storms on record, devastated the Caribbean and
Cuba before turning north destroying much of the keys and SW Florida
before continuing north ravaging the Florida peninsula spawning many
tornadoes and flooding into GA, SC & NC.
category 1, caused widespread flooding across North and South
Carolina with little wind damage except along the coast.
wiped out homes and towns across an 80 mile stretch of the panhandle
spawning tornadoes as far north as VA.
a hurricane hits everyone within its scope is affected well after it
is downgraded to a tropical storm. Even if your family
evacuated, when you return you may suffer emotional trauma plus any
physical damage to your house, property and vehicles. The
physical can often be repaired or replaced faster than dealing with
the long term affects of emotional trauma.
is concerned for the overall well-being of all victims and families,
not just Christians or members of a particular church. We minister to
emotional as well as physical needs. In addition, we offer many
ongoing services throughout the rebuilding phase that can often take
2-4 years to complete.
will our team be doing?
teams often ask - What will we be doing?
While we have a list of what to bring and the present forms of relief
offered in a given area the best answer is we will use your team
where they are needed most. Most of our needs can be placed
into three categories including:
After a storm tensions are high, most including emergency responders
are in a state of panic or crisis mode. We start by covering damaged
roofs with tarps. Clean-up is the main focus and moving
emergency supplies to where they are needed most. Our first teams to
respond will be sent an Outreach
Guide for Team Leaders
with answers to many questions. Our thrust will be to help everyone
cope through prayer and helping minister to emotional stress. We
mobilize tree and debris removal teams, Flood damage teams, Prayer
and counseling teams and our Care Bag ministry. Care Bags include
emergency items, cleaning supplies, two meals for a family of 4, two
gallons of water for cooking and cleaning plus 1-2 cases for
drinking and in invitation card to a local church or congregation.
Essential services are restored, e.g., lights and water. We realize
many have suffered emotional stress and perhaps PTSD if they sat out
the storm in their home. This phase includes ministering to
emotional needs, completing any remaining emergency needs from
Phase 1 and the beginning phases of reconstruction or restoration.
relief, (Phase 3):
This phase concentrates on the reconstruction phase and may run from
one year to three depending upon the severity of the storm. We
continue to use our Care Bag ministry as needed especially to help
determine additional needs in a community.
can we pray?
major storm loss of life is common. Pray for safety of all
victims and families affected by the hurricane. It may be weeks, even
months before cell-phone towers and power is reestablished. Pray for
all teams and staff of this ministry and all going into harm’s
way. Pray for safety, for health, for no additional trauma,
accidents or complications. Pray for wisdom and anointing on all
prayer teams, emotional counseling and care bag distribution teams,
indeed every team sent into the aftermath; for God to touch many
lives as victims try to rebuild their lives and homes. Pray for God’s
provision for those suffering and for every agency, program and
ministry helping victims in need.
We will continue to monitor Hurricane Chris.
Should we see a significant change or determine that both lives and livelihood may be threatened to our northnern neighbors, ADPR will keep you informed and rally the necessary resources and mission teams.
“Given barely enough ocean heat content (sea-surface temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit), low wind shear, and its location south of a plume of sinking, dry air known as the Saharan air layer, Beryl intensified quickly from a tropical depression at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday to a Category 1 hurricane just 18 hours later.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), wind shear has increased and combined with a very dry environment likely causing Beryl to weaken.”