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American Well announced it has opened a telehealth medical and psychological counseling practice on its consumer service, Amwell, devoted to the relief of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The densely populated Houston region, heavily damaged by flooding, represents about 2.5% of the US economy.

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida's southern coast, the nation's emergency management chief is warning that "millions" of residents could be without power, in some instances for weeks.

"Mr. Bossert, the previous administration saw a connection between climate change and homeland security, in that the frequency and intensity of powerful storms like Harvey and Irma could pose a problem for future administrations", Acosta said. The reluctance to discuss climate change on this week's Sunday news shows follows a pattern that seems to be getting even worse.

Just 16 days apart, Harvey and Irma mark the first time two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes have made US landfall within the same year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The abstractness of climate change might be hard to grasp, but the unbridled development in Houston and Texas is anything but. "This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come".

BOSSERT: [.] I will tell you that we continue to take seriously the climate change - not the cause of it, but the things that we observe.

On Friday, the US House of Representatives voted 316-90 to approve a measure to more than double funding to $US15.25 billion for FEMA and local block grants to handle natural disasters after the Senate passed the measure on Thursday, 80-17.

Chemical plants release extra contaminants into the air during startup and shutdown, and those which had to be closed before Harvey and restarted after the storm passed have contributed to the pollution levels.

"The potential economic impact from a retail perspective is now, we're estimating, as $2.75 billion", Gold said.

"So, I think this is a lesson for the people to say you know what?" And Jose, the Category 4 hurricane right on its heels, is making it the first time on record that there have been two hurricanes with sustained winds above 150 miles per hour in the Atlantic at the same time. "We have to be prepared".