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He urged all Texans in the storm’s path to “Remember, just because a hurricane is coming to Texas, does not mean that Covid-19 either has or is going to leave Texas,” and he told them to continue to maintain social distancing and wear face masks.
Why This Matters: A category 4 storm is bad enough, but to have to deal with evacuating half a million people, many of them poor, during a pandemic is beyond challenging. And the damage to the energy sector could be extensive.
COVID enormously complicates this disaster and there is likely to be a surge in cases as a result. Houston, which will likely be impacted, is very vulnerable to flooding, and there are huge oil and gas operations that must withstand the storm unlike any they have seen in more than a decade.
Where is the President’s focus during this emergency? Not here.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This March will continue to bring more severe weather to the United States. An atmospheric river event — the “Pineapple Express” — is forecast to induce a rainy season in Washington and Oregon, as well as an increased risk of avalanches in the Pacific Northwest. As the Pineapple Express […]
We feel so badly for everyone in Texas suffering through days of bitter cold, many without heat. But the people at the northern U.S. end of the polar vortex are reeling from the cold as well. Low-temperature records are being broken in the northern plains — it’s so cold there that even Siberia was warmer. […]
After snowstorms swept across the South this week, 14 states are expecting power outages, frozen roads, and dangerous conditions. Hundreds of millions will be impacted by the storm. Millions will be experiencing rolling blackouts in the coming days due to stress on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
Why This Matters: Although it might seem that this polar vortex is an exception to global temperature rise, research says that erratic, far-reaching polar systems like the one we’re seeing now can be directly related to warming temperatures in the Arctic.
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