Hurricane season officially started — Republicans, Trump, still have no one in charge at FEMA or NOAA

❝ This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, the last Category 5 storm to hit Florida

The 2017 hurricane season started last Thursday without anyone in charge at the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes…

❝ Five months after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, no one has taken the reins at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. The last FEMA boss was a Florida man, W. Craig Fugate, who departed in January after seven years on the job. Fugate previously served as the head of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Trump finally nominated someone at the end of April, but he has yet to be confirmed.

Trump meanwhile has made no move to appoint a new boss at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency in charge of the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service, which provide hurricane forecasts and hurricane warnings in advance of a storm.

❝ Incidentally, NOAA Is predicting an above-average hurricane season this year. Trump’s proposed budget has targeted both agencies for cuts.

Trump’s obeisance to Neo-Cons who couldn’t win an election on their own is notorious. Policies he wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole while campaigning are rolled out daily. Cutting services protecting as many lives as the National Hurricane Center was predictable for experienced cynics. True Believers are still clustered in prayer circles hoping for deliverance even while the anti-science brigade continues to undercut human needs.

5 thoughts on “Hurricane season officially started — Republicans, Trump, still have no one in charge at FEMA or NOAA

  1. Tom Osceola says:

    In an average hurricane season, the Atlantic only gets its fourth named storm by Aug. 23, so if tropical disturbance Invest 94L turns into tropical storm Don over next few days it will come about seven weeks ahead of schedule. On Wednesday, the seasonal hurricane forecasting group at Colorado State University boosted their outlook for the season, based in part on the busy start so far. http://webcms.colostate.edu/tropical/media/sites/111/2017/07/2017-07.pdf

  2. Clickbait says:

    July 18: “Tropical Storm Don weakening on approach to Windward Islands, forecast to ‘degenerate’” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/07/17/disturbed-weather-in-atlantic-grows-into-tropical-storm-don-but-has-bleak-future/ “Don, the fourth named storm of the 2017 hurricane season, arrived more than a month ahead of average. Meanwhile, in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, a new tropical depression formed which is likely to be named Tropical Storm Hilary some time Tuesday.

  3. Katrina says:

    Since Aug. 10, New Orleans has been operating under a state of emergency in the aftermath of a freak storm earlier this month. To make things worse, city officials lied about the state of the below-sea-level city’s pumping infrastructure, which the mayor said has “never been fully operational.” As of Monday, 15 of the city’s 120 pumps were offline for repairs, and fixing the system is expected to take weeks. Now, the New Orleans Advocate reports that officials are developing a plan to evacuate the city if more than a foot of rain is expected within a 24-hour period before repairs can be completed. http://grist.org/briefly/new-orleans-is-now-planning-to-evacuate-the-city-if-a-heavy-rainstorm-comes/
    Meanwhile Tropical Depression Harvey redeveloped Wednesday morning in Gulf of Mexico and is now forecast by the National Hurricane Center to make landfall in Texas as a hurricane and then move eastwards along the Louisiana coast, producing total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches through next Tuesday. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/us/tropical-storm-harvey-gulf.html
    Hurricane Katrina took place 12 years ago this week.

  4. Catbird seat says:

    “Trump’s pick for NOAA chief causes a storm” http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/12/trump-noaa-chief-accuweather-barry-myers-243735 As a top executive at AccuWeather, Barry Myers has pushed for limits on the kinds of products that the National Weather Service offers to the public, saying they offered unfair competition to his industry.
    Now, President Donald Trump’s nomination of Myers to lead the weather service’s parent agency could allow him to make those kinds of restrictions mandatory — to the benefit of his family-run forecasting company.
    Myers, whose brother Joel founded AccuWeather in 1962, would join a roster of other business leaders whom Trump has installed atop his agencies — many of them bringing considerable potential conflicts of interest to the job. He has degrees in law and business, not the science and math degrees that Bush’s and President Barack Obama’s NOAA chiefs had.
    Myers’ brother Joel still serves as the company’s president and chairman of the board. Their brother Evan is the chief operating officer.

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