BREAKING: Now THREE Hurricanes In The Atlantic Ocean





There are now THREE active hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean at this moment – Irma, Katia, and Jose.

The National Hurricane Center today announced that Hurricane Katia has formed in the southwest portion of the Gulf of Mexico.  It is a Category 1 hurricane, meaning that it has wind speeds of at least 75 MPH.  It is currently moving slowly towards the southeast but is forecast to turn southwest eventually.  It is expected to slam the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Also today, the National Hurricane Center has announced that Hurricane Jose formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of the Caribbean.  This is an intensification from its tropical storm status that it was named with yesterday.  Jose is now a Category 1 hurricane, just like Katia.  It is moving west towards North America at 16 MPH.

These two hurricanes are in addition to Hurricane Irma, which has now officially become the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record.  Multiple Caribbean islands, such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as the state of Florida itself are in the path of the Category 5 monster.  With winds of 185 MPH, it is extremely dangerous.  Its force has shaken the Earth enough to register on seismometers, and storm surges of up to 20 feet above normal tide are expected to slam the coasts.  Landfall in Florida is expected by this Saturday or Sunday.  Donald Trump has declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

All of this comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s mass devastation in the Houston region of Texas, where clean-up has only just begun.  Hurricane season is at its peak now in September, so there could conceivably be more storms coming.

All of us at The Resurgent wish everyone in the paths of these hurricanes God’s blessings and protection.  Stay safe!

Trump Strikes Deal With Dems, Supports Debt Ceiling Timebomb

Today, hours after Republicans rejected the Democrat plan for a four month debt ceiling  as “ridiculous,” and “irresponsible,” president Trump struck a deal with Democrats to do just that. Axios called it “the deal of a century,” with a Republican president bucking his own party to accept a deal with the opposition, to his own party’s surprise. The reported deal included an agreement to work together with Dems on immigration reform as it affects DACA applicants, the program designed to provide the children of undocumented immigrants a legal remedy if they meet certain qualifications.

The overall deal combines the debt ceiling, hurricane funding and budget resolution bills to keep the government running beyond this month.

Immediately, Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, declared, “The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad.” The concern is that rather than solving the debt ceiling battle for another 18 months, the deal creates another unnecessary crisis at the end of the year. Some saw this as a Democrat play to roll Trump into a deal, knowing he’s desperate for a legislative victory. Even members of his cabinet disagreed with the short-term stop gap, feeling that a long-term measure would give more stability, and avoid another partisan fight during the holidays.

Debt ceiling battles are always contentious, with both parties attempting to use the must-pass legislation to attach wish list items, creating a fierce political battle in the days surrounding the deadline.

As usual, there’s a past tweet of the president’s that reflects an alternate view in the past:

Its unclear what changed his mind.

HELPING MODERATE DEMOCRATS

Following his September Surprise, the president got on a plane with Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp to speak in North Dakota. Heitkamp is trailing some potential GOP challengers in the senate next year, and this visit will no doubt serve to bolster her chances of holding onto her seat in a red state.

He went further than a plane ride, and verbalized praise for the vulnerable senator today, while discussing his tax reform efforts. “Sen. Heitkamp. Everyone’s saying, ‘What’s she doing up here?’ But I’ll tell you what — good woman, and I think we’ll have your support, I hope we’ll have your support. Thank you very much, senator.”

Trump won North Dakota by a 40 point margin last November.

Regarding the overall agreement, the president also expressed good feelings about reaching the deal on making DACA law in the next six months, after meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).  “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” Trump said.

Maybe this is what trump acolytes intended when they said they wanted to “shake up Washington” and shut down liberals. Now,  Trump is working actively to bolster moderate and Democrat Senators. That Obamacare repeal is looking more likely than ever. /sarc

At least one Trump supporter was miffed, however:

 

President Trump shown having a light moment with Senator Schumer (D-NY) after deal

BREAKING: Now Cat 5, Irma Headed for Florida

As of this morning, Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a category 5 storm, with winds far stronger than Harvey, which hit the Texas coast less than two weeks ago.

Still moving westward, 150 miles east of Antigua in the western Atlantic, the storm now boasts sustained winds of 185 mph, and gusts surpassing 220. Meteorologists measure 190-195 as the strongest storms on earth, and Irma has already taken the mantle of the strongest storm to ever hit the Atlantic. The islands of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and Cuba are on the path’s horizon. It is expected to hit Puerto Rico sometime tomorrow afternoon.

In response, Florida governor Rick Scott has already called for a state of emergency.

To stay tuned to the latest data and tracking on Hurricane Irma, watch NBC 2, or NOAA, and check here for updates.