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September 01, 2017
Effects of Hurricane Harvey:
Thankfully our service area has not been severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
However, please be aware that customer bills were mailed on August 25, 2017 for services due September 10, 2017. Our local office of the United States Postal Service (USPS) sends mail to North Houston for processing before it is distributed. September 1st most of the bills returned to our area for delivery. Delivery by USPS is expected to occur over the next couple of business days. We understand this is out of the control of local USPS, our company, and our customers. All incoming mail has been impacted. All items that went to Houston initially experienced delays. If you are...
September 01, 2017
Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to tropical depression Harvey, dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of the Texas coast this week. This epic storm has wreaked havoc on a large swath of the southwest and left destruction and devastation in its wake. When a large low pressure system moving in from the sea runs smack dab into a high pressure system over the coast, it’s a recipe for a natural disaster. Counter-clockwise circulating air vacuums up moisture from the Gulf, and all that warm, moist air rising up must eventually come down. And come down it did. “Harvey came inland about 200 miles south of Houston, and the outer rain bands pushed into Houston on Saturday. . . Houston lies a few dozen feet above sea level, and during normal rainfall residential yards drain into streets, streets drain into bayous, and bayous carry water into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
But this was not normal rainfall; it was extreme tropical rainfall. Meteorologists measure rainfall rates in inches per hour at a given location. A rainfall rate of 0.5 inches per hour is heavy, while anything above 2.0 inches per hour is intense (you'd probably stop your car on a highway, pull over, and wait out the passing storm). [In the Houston area], from 11pm to 1am that night, 10.6 inches of rain fell, about as much rainfall as New York City gets from October through December. That happened in two hours. Ars Technica
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