No severe impacts from Imelda as it moves through Texas JUAN A. LOZANO•Tropical Weather-Gulf Texas A car drives through floodwaters from Tropical Depression Imelda Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Depression Imelda has deluged parts of Southeast Texas with rain, but officials in Houston and surrounding communities said Wednesday that so far there have been no severe consequences.Glenn LaMont, deputy emergency management coordinator in Brazoria County, located south of Houston along the Gulf Coast, said that despite the heavy rainfall he has seen no reports of flooded homes or people stranded. However, he cautioned, „we’ve got two more days to go on this.””It’s too early to breathe a sigh of relief,” LaMont said.By late Thursday afternoon, most of the heaviest showers had moved to the east of Houston, into Beaumont, Texas, and southwestern Louisiana. But forecasters said the Houston area could still face some heavy rainfall Wednesday night and on Thursday.Parts of East Texas could get up to 10 inches (254 millimeters) of rain through Thursday morning as the remnants of Imelda continue moving north and away from Houston, according to the National Weather Service.Coastal counties, including Brazoria, Matagorda and Galveston, got the most rainfall since Imelda formed on Tuesday. Some parts of the Houston area had received nearly 8 inches (203 millimeters) of rain, while the city of Galveston, which had street flooding, had received nearly 9 inches (229 millimeters), according to preliminary rainfall totals released Wednesday afternoon by the National Weather Service.Sargent, a town of about 2,700 residents in Matagorda County, had received nearly 20 inches (508 millimeters) of rain since Tuesday.Karen Romero, who lives with her husband in Sargent, said this was the most rain she has had in her neighborhood in her nine years living there.”The rain (Tuesday) night was just massive sheets of rain and lightning storms. The lightning looked like it was coming in your house,” said Romero, 57.Romero said her home, located along a creek, was not in danger of flooding as it sits on stilts, like many others nearby.In the Houston area, the rainfall flooded some roadways, stranding drivers, and had caused several creeks and bayous to rise to high levels.”Even though we’ve done well overnight, we haven’t had any significant amounts of flooding or impacts, we can’t let our guard down just yet,” said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist and director of flood operations for the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston.Many schools in the Houston and Galveston area canceled classes Wednesday. However, the Houston school district, the state’s largest, remained open. At least one school district — Galveston — said it was also canceling classes on Thursday.
Imelda, which formed Tuesday, made landfall near Freeport, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64.37 kph).
The National Hurricane Center said Imelda had weakened to a tropical depression and was located about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Houston.
But the National Weather Service said flash flood watches remained in effect through Thursday for southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
Imelda is the first named storm to impact the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey , according to the National Weather Service. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches (130 centimeters) of rain on parts of the flood-prone city in August 2017, flooding more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area and causing an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Hurricane Humberto in the Atlantic Ocean is posing a stronger threat to Bermuda . The Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (193 kph) was about 195 miles (314 kilometers) from Bermuda on Wednesday afternoon.
Tropical Storm Jerry became the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, though it remained far from land Wednesday. Meteorologists also said newly formed Tropical Storm Lorena in the Pacific Ocean could produce heavy rains and flooding in Mexico by Thursday.
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Bermuda lashed by heavy winds from Cat 3 Hurricane Humberto•MIAMI (AP) — Powerful winds from Hurricane Humberto began hitting Bermuda on Wednesday as the government urged people to stay off the streets during the British territory’s close brush with the powerful Category 3 storm. And another growing storm threatened tourist resorts along Mexico’s Pacific.Bermuda Gov. John Rankin called up 120 members of the Royal Bermuda Regiment to prepare for possible storm recovery efforts and National Security Minister Wayne Caines cautioned everyone to stay inside. Authorities ordered early closings of schools, clinics and government offices.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said hurricane-force winds began to hit the island of some 70,000 people by late afternoon and would probably last into early Thursday.James Dodgson, director of the Bermuda Weather Service, said the storm was projected to pass about 80 miles (130 kilometers) to the north of Bermuda during the night and could produce tornadoes and dangerous storm surge.
„Humberto’s a big hurricane and we’re looking at the conditions already deteriorating. There’s some very strong winds kicking in, particularly this evening,” he said.
Caines said non-emergency medical services would be closed until Thursday. Evening flights from the U.S. and Great Britain were canceled.
„We’d like to ask all of Bermuda to prepare for the storm, to know that the government and everyone is rooting for us, and we can get through this,” Caines said. „We’ve been through this before.”
Humberto’s maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 120 mph (195 kph) and the storm was centered about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west-northwest of Bermuda in late afternoon. It was moving east-northeast at 20 mph (31 kph).
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lorena posed an increasing threat to tourist resorts on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and the Baja California Peninsula.
Forecasters said Lorena was expected to „pass very close” to the coast somewhere between the port of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday night and Thursday, while growing toward hurricane force. The still-uncertain long-term forecast track showed it approaching the Los Cabos resorts by Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds were 70 mph (110 kph) as of late afternoon, with higher gusts. It was centered about 75 miles (125 kilometers) south of Manzanillo and was moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).
Hurricane warnings were in effect from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes.
Heavy rains were spreading onshore along the coast, the Hurricane Center said. Mexican officials voiced concern that some parts of southern Mexico, which have seen a lack of rainfall, could now get torrential rains and floods from the combined effects of Lorena and two other weather systems.
In parts of Colima, Jalisco and Michoacan states, „due to the combination of these three atmospheric phenomena, it is forecast that the total accumulations of rain could … represent 40% of the rain for an entire year in that part of the country,” said Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, director-general of Mexico’s National Water Commission.
Officials warned of possible dangerous flash floods and landslides.
Classes were suspended in Colima as a precaution.
In Texas, the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda had already drenched parts of Southeast Texas with more than 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) of rain, but officials in the Houston region said that so far there had been no severe problems. It was the first named storm to hit that area since Hurricane Harvey’s much heavier rains flooded more than 150,000 homes around the city and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.
Tropical Storm Jerry also formed Wednesday morning far out in the Atlantic and was forecast to become a hurricane as it nears the outermost Caribbean islands Thursday night or Friday.
Tropical Depression Imelda could dump 2 feet of rain on parts of Texas John Bacon, USA TODAY•Texas flood danger from Tropical Storm ImeldaEast Texas faces days of heavy rains and flash flooding as Tropical Depression Imelda, downgraded from a tropical storm, still packs a dangerous punch for millions of residents.Some areas could see up to 25 inches of rain before the storm rolls away this weekend, the National Weather Service warned Wednesday. More than 20 inches of rain was reported in St. Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. The town of Sargent, 70 miles south of Houston, reported 17 inches.Parts of Houston and Galveston saw almost 7 inches, and the storm could drench that area with up to 10 more inches, the weather service said. Flash flood watches were in effect for southeast Texas and extreme southwest Louisiana.Some good news: Glenn LaMont, deputy emergency management coordinator in Brazoria County, south of Houston along the Gulf Coast, said that despite the heavy rainfall, he saw no reports of flooded homes or people stranded. He cautioned, “We’ve got two more days to go on this.”The weather service said, „Heavy rains … will spread inland over Eastern Texas during the next couple of days. These rainfall totals may produce significant to life-threatening flash floods.”The storm made landfall Tuesday afternoon near Freeport, 60 miles south of Houston. Imelda, crawling north at about 5 mph, was the first named storm to slam Texas shores since the staggering devastation of Hurricane Harvey two years ago.In Friendswood, 30 miles northwest of Galveston, Jeffrey Klima offered his parking lot at Eagle Transmission & Automotive to area residents. He said his lot is on high ground, and a dozen or so people safely parked there during Hurricane Harvey. He’s getting grateful takers during Imelda, too.“I had one lady say she lost four cars during Harvey and that she was nervous,” he told USA TODAY. „Those feelings don’t just go away.”Triple threat: Storms gather strength in AtlanticSome schools shut down Wednesday, including the 13 public schools that educate almost 7,000 students in Galveston.”The combination of pre-dawn rain and high tide indicate a probable safety issue for students and staff,” the district said in a statement.Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist and director of flood operations for the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston, warned that Imelda remained a threat despite losing tropical storm status.“We have a few things in our favor. The ground is dry. It’s been dry for a while here as we’ve come through summer,” Lindner said. “The initial parts of this rainfall will go toward saturating the ground.”Elsewhere, Bermuda braced for a hit from Hurricane Humberto, a Category 3 storm that was not forecast to reach the U.S. coast.Tropical Storm Jerry was forecast to gain hurricane status in the Atlantic as soon as Thursday, and Pacific storms Lorena and Mario could claim similar designations later in the week.Wednesday, Lorena posed an increasing threat to tourist resorts on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, where a hurricane warning was in effect.Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; The Associated PressThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Houston weather: Tropical Depression Imelda hits Texas with rain, floods
Navy Confirms: Those UFO Videos Are Real And Never Should’ve Been Released
“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesperson for the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told the Black Vault, a website dedicated to exposing secrets and revealing declassified government documents. The statement was later confirmed by Motherboard.
The military increasingly prefers the “UAP” phrasing over UFO.
Gradisher told the Black Vault that the term UAP “provides the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.” The website also reported that while the Navy now considers the footage “unclassified,” it has not yet been formally cleared for release to the public.
The footage caused a sensation when The Washington Post and The New York Times, among others, revealed that the video had been obtained and released by the To The Stars Academy Of Arts And Science, the private research and media firm co-founded by rocker Tom DeLonge, formerly of Blink 182.
In one video, two Navy pilots tracked an unidentified object flying off the East Coast in 2015.
“Wow! What is that, man? Look at that flying!” one of the pilots said in the clip.
In another instance, an object called the “Tic Tac” ― because it was shaped like the candy ― was spotted descending from 60,000 feet to 50 feet in a matter of seconds off the coast of California in 2004. One pilot described a disturbance up to the size of a football field in the water at the same time.
And in a 2014 incident, a U.S. Navy Super Hornet pilot almost collided with an unidentified flying object during a mission near Virginia Beach.
Although the Defense Department had no comment about the videos at the time, Luis Elizondo, the former military intelligence official who led a government UFO program, said there was even more information out there that the public has not yet seen.