USA to open three disaster recovery centres in Houston

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"We estimated that Hurricane Harvey is to be the costliest weather disaster in USA history at $190 billion or one full percentage point of the GDP", Myers said.

"Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others)", Trump wrote on Twitter. The 2017 hurricane season marks the first time since record-keeping began that two Category 4 storms have made USA landfall in the same year, AccuWeather said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the worth of the total of damaged goods at $160 billion in today's dollars.

"We estimated that Hurricane Harvey is to be the costliest weather disaster in USA history at $190 billion or one full percentage point of the GDP".

Harvey and Irma both made a US landfall as Category 4 hurricanes. The American Red Cross and many other groups also are collecting donations.

Irma struck south Florida with powerful wind, rain and flooding, swamping parts of Naples and Miami on opposite coasts before moving north over the center of the state.

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It rolled over the Caribbean on Thursday, turning beach-vacation islands into barely habitable lumps and zinging Puerto Rico before heading north to the US coast. Three of those 27 landfalls were Category 5 hurricanes.

The winds for a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale range from 130 miles per hour to 156 miles per hour. Officials will probably estimate the damages both of them inflicted at a value between $150 billion and $200 billion. Millions of Floridians are without power and hundreds of thousands of people remain in shelters.

A man makes his way out of flood waters as a home burns in the seventh ward of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 6, 2005. "The area affected by the strong winds along the west coast near the center of the storm will barrel along and hug the coast closely heading due north, and will bring winds gusts of well over 100 miles per hour and conceivably over 125 miles per hour", Myers said.

With tourism accounting for as many as 1.4mn jobs, 112mn annual visits and $109bn of income to the USA, a significant amount of this is expected to be lost following the effects of the Hurricane.

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