Texas governor welcomes Senate approval of Hurricane Harvey funding

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Prior to hitting the Texas coastline, Harvey had become a Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds over 130 miles per hour.

As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is on the brink of running out of cash for disaster relief and could be in the red by the end of the week.

Climate change is worsening the impacts of hurricanes such as Irma and Harvey, experts warned.

Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi on August 25, dumped around 50 inches of rain in and around areas of Houston and Southeast Texas.

The House of Representatives votes today on the $15.3 billion package, but almost 100 conservative Republicans oppose the bill. Barton is the closest, and Ennis is still more than 200 miles away from Harvey's strike zone or FEMA's official disaster areas.

The DNA of Texas pride contains a resilient spirit to overcome tough odds and spring back from adversity.

Now, that may sound reasonable enough at first, but keep in mind the deal Trump struck with the Democrats to extend the debt ceiling (the amount of debt the United States is legally allowed to carry) three more months.

"We made it as far as El Paso before we got turned around", says Calvillo, an assistant chief.

"About 100,000 people were displaced, and they have to go somewhere", he said.

FEMA is receiving thousands of Harvey claims and paying out millions of dollars every day. "We started at 10 am I think we ended at 8 pm". He raged in the Houston area for more than ten days. In addition, FEMA has pre-staged meals and water in preparation for the storm's aftermath, according to an agency release.

U.S. Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Al Green (D-Texas) represent Gulf Coast residents and are members of the Congressional Black Caucus. "To the people of Florida, our hearts go out to you and we're praying for you, and this relief package will certainly help you as well, with this bad storm that's approaching the coast".

However, real-time changes in these programs to alleviate real-time devastation and starvation in our neighborhoods require the state of Florida to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture for additional support.

The 316-90 vote would appropriate $15.3 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 as an initial payment to cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Harvey. All those who opposed it were Republicans.

"They've definitely gone up", said Steve Lim, who said he isn't complaining. A loss of warm ocean "fuel", combined with a path over various topography and encountering various levels of wind shear, will literally tear Irma to shreds.

Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei contributed.