An advocacy group started by victims of Hurricane Sandy have a message for the thousands of USA homeowners affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey: Get ready to be tortured by FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). By comparison, Hurricane Harvey which even induced a landfall in Texas at the end of August will cost the economy an estimated total of $108 billion. The last Category 4 hurricane to occur in the USA was Hurricane Charley in 2004, which also hit Florida.
As Hurricane Irma continues on its collision course with Florida, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, a Republican, criticized President Donald Trump and his administration for refusing to acknowledge the connection between climate change and more intense and destructive storms.
Under Pruitt's direction, it's doubtful the EPA will heed scientists' advice to prepare for the consequences of climate change.
Hurricane Irma, the biggest hurricane recorded in the Atlantic Basin, hit the Florida Keys Sunday morning leaving a path of destruction behind it.
Just prior to the storm making landfall in Florida, the mayor of Miami, Tomas Regalado, told the Miami Herald that if Irma wasn't evidence of climate change, he wasn't sure what was.
In the past Trump has suggested climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese to choke American industry. "This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come".
Long, whose agency is still preoccupied with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which caused catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas and Louisiana last month, said around 3,000 federal emergency workers have been mobilized to deal with Irma. The fact that oceans and the atmosphere are warming and heat is intensifying tropical storms into hurricanes and superstorms is considered a political debate. Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm on record, and the two are the only pair of Atlantic hurricanes to record wind speeds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time.
"We expect this weakness to reverse over the subsequent three quarters, more than recouping the lost output", it said, and increased the USA economy's growth forecast for the fourth quarter by 0.4 percentage points to 2.7 percent. All over the country, we're asking you to be prepared.
"So, I think this is a lesson for the people to say you know what?"