I’m writing this article while “hunkered down” against Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma nearly 12 years ago. Harvey came ashore two nights ago as a Category 4 hurricane (indicating minimum sustained wind velocity of 130 mph) and continues to punish our area with torrential downpours. My neighborhood has had 16 inches of rain over the past 24 hours, something that is expected to continue over the next several days. I also periodically am losing power, and so have to resort to the old-school instruments of pencil, paper, and candle while writing this.
What can I expect t from a Category 4 hurricane? According to the National Hurricane Center, “catastrophic damage” will occur:
Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Continue reading