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John Nielsen-Gammon, a regents professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University and Texas State Climatologist, said Harvey set new standards for historic rainfall and flooding.

Climate is what you expect, a scientist once told me, while weather is what you get.

We've also got a season where we have these conducive conditions, so the environment is just right for them. Irma is expected to hit the eastern Caribbean and then head up the East Coast rather into the Gulf of Mexico and toward Harvey-affected parts of Louisiana and Texas. Some years there are more, some years fewer, and there is a huge number of factors involved in when they develop, how strong they get and where they go.

"The state was doing so well through the month of August", he said. Hurricane Allen is the only Atlantic hurricane that has clocked faster wind speeds - though three others have tied Irma - and no cyclone that humans have measured anywhere on the planet has ever sustained such speeds for so long.

"So far, the reported damage has been pretty minimal", said Andy McCulloch, Green Street's managing director of Real Estate Analytics, on Wednesday. Economic losses are estimated at over $70 billion, a figure that many officials say will only grow as the region comes to grips with, and begins rebuilding, from the devastation. Of this $55 billion at risk, about $16 billion were apartment buildings located within a 100-year flood zone established by FEMA. Vacancy rates will likely fall as well, particularly in apartments, where rent growth could exceed 10%.

Drone Footage Shows Damage in Naples Neighborhood
Drone Footage Shows Damage in Naples Neighborhood

And, unlike in previous disasters, there won't be much help from south of the border.

"This is what we do every day for our Sonoma County neighbors as a hunger relief organization", said David Goodman, the food bank's chief executive officer. "That's basically how Texas has been built". Sam Houston. The fleet is headed to Beaumont, where U.S. Army North and the Texas Guard are providing support to victims in some of Harvey's hardest hit areas. Even as the fast-moving news cycle leaves Houston behind, the rest of us should remain active. It has already ripped through Barbuda, Anguilla, Puerto Rico and other islands, destroying buildings and leaving thousands of people without water or electricity.

James Martin, who's president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors in Dallas, said some evacuees from Houston and the coast may chose to stay in North Texas.

Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in his own statement: "Disaster assistance should be considered on its own - not to advance another agenda". "I think we'll see some people from Houston and the Gulf Coast". They will last longer and they will make landfall, crucially, more frequently.

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