While the full health impacts of the fire weren’t immediately known, a storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers like myself have warned the petrochemical industry about for decades.
The current projections have both storms passing through the Gulf of Mexico and barreling into the coast at the same time on Wednesday morning.
It is the third most powerful storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, and meteorologists say it is supercharged by warmer-than-usual water in the Gulf of Mexico.
“There are a lot of questions remaining about why this had to occur then, why there couldn’t have been some sort of an emergency delay.”
Prisoners were instead put to work behind bars making sandbags to prepare for the storm’s arrival.
The Trump administration has reallocated nearly $10 million from FEMA’s budget to ICE to pay for detention space and deportations.
"For many (most?) places, the worst of Florence's flooding is still on the way. Still expecting record or near-record flooding across a large part of North Carolina in the days to come."
"The storm has never been more dangerous than it is right now."
Even if the storm weakens, experts warn Hurricane Florence could kill thousands of farm animals and trigger catastrophic waste spills from sewage treatment plants, hog waste lagoons and chicken farms.
Twenty-two legislators recently demanded answers regarding Hurricane Maria’s updated fatality count, which is nearly 50 times higher than previous official estimates.
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