Below are the records Hurricane Irma has already broken as of this morning:
- Irma is the first storm in recorded history that has maintained top winds of 185 miles per hour for 37 straight hours.
- Irma is the strongest storm on record to exist in the Atlantic, outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
- Irma is tied with the 1932 Cuba hurricane for the longest time spent as a Category 5 hurricane.
- Irma has the lowest minimum pressure in its lifetime of an Atlantic hurricane on record, outside of the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
- Irma generated more Accumulated Cyclone Energy than the first eight named storms of the current Atlantic hurricane season combined.
Just to name a few… more here.
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There are five refugee resettlement agencies in Houston. They will be providing information on ways to help out. I would encourage you to follow them on Facebook to get the latest updates:
- Alliance for Multicultural Community Services
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston
- Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
- Refugee Services of Texas
- YMCA International
Here are also a few general relief funds set up for both immediate disaster assistance and long-term services:
- Mayor of Houston Harvey Relief Fund
- United Way Houston Relief Fund
- Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies (helping community with disabilities)
- George R. Brown Emergency Center (main shelter in Downtown Houston)
- BakerRipley opened up a shelter at NRG, info here