Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the crisis from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are not close to being over, and that this will be a multi-year long project to fix the damages.
Officials in Beaumont, about 100 miles east of Houston, say the flooding from Harvey has left 120,000 residents without clean water.
As for Houston, a total of 20 trillion gallons of rain has fallen, yet residents struggle to find an affordable source of water. The Texas Attorney General’s office mentioned that one convenience store in Houston charged $20 per gallon for gas, $8.50 for a bottle of water, and $99 for a case of bottled water. AccuWeather estimates it will likely cost $190 billion and could be the worst U.S. natural disaster ever in terms of expenses.
Now, Hurricane Irma is posing a threat to the Caribbean islands. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma turned into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds and is predicted to be “extremely dangerous.”
Irma is expected to become a Category 4 storm reaching the Leeward Islands by next week, where winds could reach over 130 mph. For now, it’s too soon to tell if Irma is a threat to the United States, but forecasters recommend that the Gulf Coast and the East Coast monitor the hurricane’s progress.