Hurricanes usually are very large and powerful and often bring destruction with them. The winds sometimes are very strong and that is why they represent a danger to cities and humanity.
Hurricane Harvey was really unexpected and no one knew how this unpredicted event will end. Nobody knew about the impacts that followed because it was beyond anything we experienced before.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday Morning issued a statement in which he thanked the President and his administration for their response to Hurricane Harvey.
Politico reports that President Donald Trump convened administration leaders to discuss the recovery from the storm that battered the Texas coast over the weekend and continues to drop deluging rain in the Houston area.
Their efforts came as it became clear that the situation was bad and could possibly get much worse. The National Weather Service wrote on Twitter Sunday morning: “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced.” The NWS likewise projected that rainfall in some areas could reach a staggering 50 inches.
Amid the dire warnings, Abbott praised the response to the crisis.
“I’ve got to tell you, I give FEMA a grade of A+, all the way from the president down. I’ve spoken to the president several times, to his Cabinet members, such as secretary of homeland security, such as the administrator of FEMA, such as Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services,” Abbott told Fox anchor Chris Wallace. “All across the board, from the White House to the federal administration to FEMA, they’ve been very helpful.”
Trump held a Cabinet meeting Sunday with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the gravity of the situation. “President Trump continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his No. 1 priority of saving lives,” the White House said in a statement released afterward.
Hurricane Harvey first made landfall along the Gulf Coast on Friday night, slamming into the barrier islands near Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. Harvey has since moved northeast along the Texas coast, dropping significant amounts of rain on the Houston area, which can be particularly prone to flooding. The storm is expected to move very slowly and continue dumping rain on the already inundated region through the end of next week.
Politico continues that Abbott said reports he’d seen indicated that Houston could expect “torrential rain” from Harvey “for days to come.” The governor told Wallace: “We’re measuring rain these days not in inches but in feet.”
The Texas governor also said, in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that his state had already been on the receiving end of help from neighboring states including New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and that “even as far as away as Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo in New York is providing resources for us. And so we’re very appreciative of our fellow states as well as what the federal government has done.”
But even with the occasional diversion, Abbott was effusive in his praise of the president and his response to the hurricane.
“It’s been extremely professional, very helpful. He called and said, ‘Governor, whatever you need you’ve got,’” Abbott said of Trump’s response to the storm.
“What you will see over the coming weeks and months is a tremendous rebuilding from all this damage and a large part of that will be because of FEMA helping out. And so we are very appreciative of the way the president and the White House has responded to this catastrophe.”