The Atlantic Storm Season has remained quiet, and scientists think that will continue to be true. NOAA forecasters have lowered the Atlantic hurricane season prediction. Keep in mind, it wasn’t until late August last year that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria formed and caused the devastating damages that contributed to the most costly hurricane season on record. The new outlook is below:
The last light came on in Puerto Rico, 11 months following the island-wide outage from Hurricane Maria. The problem isn’t over yet – the chief executive of PREPA, a Puerto Rican power authority says there are “too many patches [that were] developed just to bring power to people….Now we have to redo that.” The now bankrupt PREPA plans to add more solar energy generation to the Island to rely less on oil, and develop a more reliable high-voltage transmission line.
Lake Okeechobee - Federal and State officials plan to visit areas hit hardest by toxic algal blooms today, then go to Fort Meyers Beach for a working session where a press conference will be held. In addition to Congressman Rooney, attendees will include a representative from each the EPA, DOI, USACE and the South Florida Water Management District.
BOEM is offering a cooperative agreement opportunity to assess sand and mineral resources along the Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The program will represent the public interest in offshore sand resources, coastal restoration and coastal resiliency. County and State governments, as well as public and State controlled institutions in VA, DW, MD, NJ and NY are eligible applicants.
Late last month, Congress reauthorized the NFIP for the 42nd time. Here is a blog posted by The Hill that touches on the subject. Will privatizing the nation’s flood insurance provide better coverage to homeowners? Please let us know what you think.