2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season: As some Puerto Rico mayors stumble, U.S. militarizes relief campaign | Page 56

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    Depression expected to become Tropical Storm Nate, heading toward Nicaragua, Honduras
    By Jenny Staletovich and Carli Teproff | October 04, 2017


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    That could be the case, but we don't know anything at the moment.
     
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    Tropical Storm Nate kills at least 22 as storm moves toward US
    By Nicole Darrah | Oct 5, 2017

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    Tropical Storm Nate, which formed Thursday and is projected to possibly hit the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, has left at least 22 people dead as it makes its way across Central America.

    As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. ET advisory, Tropical Storm Nate is about 40 miles west-southwest of Puerto Lempira, Honduras, and 425 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

    With maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, the storm continues to move north-northwest at 10 mph.

    “On the forecast track, the center of Nate should move across eastern Honduras this evening and over the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight and Friday,” the Center said.

    Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua’s vice president, said Thursday that at least 15 people had died in the country due to Nate. Murillo didn’t elaborate on many of the deaths, but noted that three people who worked for the Health Ministry were swept away by a flooded canal in Juigalpa.

    Nicaragua has seen near-constant rain in recent weeks, which left areas flooded and rivers swollen.

    Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said seven people died in Costa Rica from the tropical storm, which pushed 5,000 people in the country into emergency shelters due to flooding. At least 15 people in Coast Rica remain missing.

    Officials in Louisiana ordered evacuations in part of St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans, and a voluntary evacuation was ordered early Thursday in Grand Isle, south of New Orleans.

    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency Thursday in preparation of Nate’s expected arrival in the coming days, noting the tropical storm could make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.

    “To the citizens of New Orleans, there is no reason to panic, but there is reason to prepare,” Landrieu said.

    Six oil production platforms in New Orleans -- out of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf -- had been evacuated as of midday Thursday, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's New Orleans office.

    No drilling rigs were evacuated, but one movable rig was taken out of the storm's path. The agency estimated less than 15 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 254,607 barrels of oil per day.

    Tropical Storm Nate’s path is forecast to brush across the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Friday night, then later hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane by Sunday morning.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott also declared a state of emergency Thursday in 29 counties in anticipation of the storm, which “could still experience torrential rain and the threat of tornadoes in the Panhandle,” Scott tweeted.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it’s preparing for Nate ahead of its potential landfall.

    While dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and most recently Maria, FEMA said it’s been monitoring the storm with the NHC’s help, and urged families to “make a plan” for the possibility of a “disaster” striking.

    The official hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30, and this year’s season might be the strongest yet.

    With the amount of storms that formed in the Atlantic this season, “the numbers of named storms forming … during September was near average” and “hurricanes and major hurricanes were both well above average” based on a 30-year climatology, according to the NHC.

    September was “the most active on record” – about 3.5 times more active than an average September during that 30-year period – in terms of a measurement called Accumulated Cyclone energy (ACE), which measures combined strength and length of storms, the NHC said.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/1...lls-at-least-22-as-storm-moves-toward-us.html
     
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    Tropical Storm Nate heads into the heart of US offshore oil industry, shutting operations

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    As Tropical Storm Nate continued on its course toward the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, energy companies shut down offshore oil and gas platforms, while Louisiana braced for a potential hurricane.

    Nate is forecast to strengthen as it enters the Gulf and develop into a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf Coast on Saturday evening, the National Hurricane Center said Friday. Hurricane and storm surge watches are in effect for southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans, through the Mississippi-Alabama border.

    The Gulf is home to nearly one-fifth of all U.S. oil output. Drillers who pump crude from offshore platforms have lately produced at record levels above 1.7 million barrels a day. The region already had to contend with Hurricane Harvey in August.

    "The major difference between Harvey and Nate is that the trajectory of Nate brings it right through the heart of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas producing region," said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates.

    BP and Chevron are ceasing production on all platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, Reuters reported. Royal Dutch Shell and Anadarko Petroleum dialed back activity, while Exxon Mobil, Statoil and others are withdrawing workers.

    If Nate develops into a Category 2 or 3 hurricane, it could impact up to 80 percent of the Gulf's output, Lipow forecast.

    The storm also has the potential to affect about 15 percent of U.S. refining capacity in the New Orleans area, Mississippi and Alabama. The region's biggest refineries include Exxon Mobil's Baton Rouge facility and Marathon Petroleum's Garyville, Louisiana, plant, both capable of turning out more than 500,000 barrels a day.

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/10/06...to-the-heart-of-us-offshore-oil-industry.html
     
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    New Orleans, Gulf Coast brace for Hurricane Nate
    By Nicole Chavez and Joe Sterling | October 7, 2017

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    Fellow Puerto Rico Mayor Rips San Juan Mayor:
    ‘She’s Not Participating In Any Meetings’

    By Alex Pfeiffer and Peter Hasson | Sep 30, 2017

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    The mayor of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico cast serious doubt Saturday on the claims made by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly attacked President Trump and accused him of abandoning Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    Guaynabo’s mayor, Angel Perez, said in an interview with The Daily Caller that his experience with the federal government has been different from Cruz’s, in part because — unlike Cruz — he has been participating in meetings with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies.

    Cruz has repeatedly accused Trump and the federal government of abandoning Puerto Rico. She demanded in a press conference on Friday that Trump do more to help the island, adding that “we are going to see is something close to a genocide” if more is not done.

    Mayor Perez told TheDC that the story Cruz is telling the media doesn’t mesh with what he has seen from the federal government.

    “My experience is different. I have been participating in different meetings at the headquarters of FEMA and our government and the help is coming in and right now my experience is different from hers. I’m receiving help from the government, we are receiving assistance from FEMA, I got people over here helping us with applications for the people that have damage in their houses. And we have here in Guaynabo, we have thousands of people that lost partially or totally their houses,” said Perez, who is a member of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party.

    Perez’s comments echoed what FEMA administrator Brock Long said on Saturday. Long defended Trump’s tweets blasting Cruz and indicated that Cruz has failed to connect with the FEMA command center set up on the island to help with the relief effort.

    When asked about Cruz’s “genocide” statement, Perez said, “I don’t know why she is saying that. What I can tell you is my experience. She is not participating in any meetings and we had a couple already with the governors and with representation of FEMA and of HUD, of these whole federal agencies that have given us help and she’s not participating in those meetings and some mayors from her political party have been participating, so I don’t know why she is saying that. My experience is very different.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/30/e...mayor-shes-not-participating-in-any-meetings/
     
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    'Hell to pay' over water, food deliveries, Puerto Rico governor warns
    Doina Chiacu | October 9, 2017​

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday ordered an investigation into water distribution on the hurricane-battered island and warned there would be “hell to pay” for mishandling of supplies.

    Rossello said drinking water supplies have been restored to nearly 60 percent of the island but some areas in the north remained at around 20 percent nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory.

    The government was delivering food and water supplies to municipalities but people in some areas said they were not receiving them from local authorities.

    Rossello told a news briefing in San Juan he ordered an investigation of water distribution after receiving complaints.

    “If we are indeed getting ... several hundred thousand liters of water and several hundred thousand portions of food to the municipalities, yet some people in those municipalities are claiming that they’re not seeing anything be delivered or they don’t know where to find food, then it’s important that we investigate why this is happening,” he said.

    The distribution of supplies including food, water and fuel has been a major challenge for the struggling government after Maria wiped out its power grid, flooded roads and crippled the communications system.

    He said the government was trying to identify problems in the distribution pipeline and looking to ensure that local leaders deliver resources as soon as they arrive in a municipality.

    The governor said National Guard troops and auditors were helping to determine what was occurring.

    “If there is a place, a locality that is not delivering food to the people of Puerto Rico that need it, there’s going to be some hell to pay,” Rossello told CNN earlier Monday.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ings-in-california-wine-country-idUSKBN1CE1JI
     
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    Puerto Rican CEO: Local government 'corrupt' and 'totally inexperienced' in Maria cleanup

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