GALLERY: Twitter user shares photos of rising waters in Galveston ahead of Tropical Storm Beta
HOUSTON – A Galveston resident captured the rising storm surge Saturday as Tropical Storm Beta stalls in the Gulf of Mexico. The resident shared photos on Twitter of the surge breaching a divider and approaching a boat docking area near beachfront homes in the Sea Isle subdivision on west end of Galveston. The initial photos were taken at 1 p.m.A few hours later, the resident shared more photos. He said around 8 p.m. he measured the waters as two inches from a concrete slab.
Houston meteorologist leads team to verify Hurricane Laura’s storm surge
– Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwest Louisiana nearly three weeks ago. The category-four storm tied the record as the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in Louisiana. While meteorologists forecasted a 15- to 20-foot storm surge from Laura. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeffry Evans was part of a team that conducted a damage assessment to verify the storm surge in the region. “It’s what they call an unsurvivable storm surge," said Evans.
Is Houston-area prepared for a major hurricane? A status update on projects seeking to mitigate impact
However, a project to protect Galveston Bay down to San Luis pass from storm surge is still in the planning stages. He and his colleagues have also recently proposed a plan to help mitigate storm surge in the bay. Storm surge removed or redistributed sand and dune areas along the entire beachfront on Galveston Island. Entergys response:ETI regularly inspects the transmission system and repairs and replaces components in order to keep the system in good working order. This enhanced the current transmission infrastructure with more modern and efficient technology to better serve the region.
What you need to know about WIND!
You might not know that Texas has more wind turbines spinning than any other state--in fact, almost three times as many as Iowa which is second! But wind is destructive and it destructs exponentially which means that as wind increases we dont see just a simple linear increase in destruction. Take a look at the chart below and you can compare a 100mph wind to a 75mph wind showing TEN TIMES the damage potential. Dont just look at category, look at wind! Wind is what creates Storm Surge as it pushes the water toward the coast and Laura will be pushing water from 800 miles away!
Disastrous Dorian: wind, water, waves
That Cat 5 hurricane shows just how strong wind can be. Dorian is expected to pack 140 mph winds at landfall and, intuitively, you might think a 140 mph wind is twice as strong as a 75 mph wind, but wind force is exponential which means that with each mile per hour, the devastation is that much worse. Look at the NWS chart below:If 75 mph is the base, then a 140 mph wind is 147 times more destructive. Our 2008 Hurricane Ike came in with 110 mph winds and Dorian could be 8 times more destructive than Ike in terms of wind! And for a 20-story highrise, 140 mph winds will translate to 163 mph winds at the top!