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.
Florida’s St. John’s County has published a visual map depicting important Evacuation Routes that should be used in an emergency.
Every 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 and Maria, two set new precedents.
When a hurricane hits everyone within its scope is affected, even after it is downgraded to a tropical storm. Even if your family evacuated when you return you will 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.
What will our team be doing and how can we pray?
Mission teams often ask - What will we be doing? While we have a list of what to bring and the possibilities 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:
Prayer: Pray for safety of all victims and families affected by the hurricane. 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 many to be touched by the Gospel and many to receive his lifesaving grace as God opens his arms to all in need. 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 and bring many unto himself. 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.”