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Pastor Joel Osteen Responds To Harvey Inaction Backlash-Houston-based Pastor Joel Osteen is responding to criticism after his Lakewood Church was accused of closing its doors to Hurricane Harvey evacuees.
Criticism started on Sunday when the megachurch said on social media that it was "inaccessible due to severe flooding!" However, others posted photos online that appeared to show the area around the church was wet, but passable.
Coming to the church’s defense, blogger Lynn Gabriel posted photos of a flooded interior to of the church. In a statement, Osteen said the church has "never" closed its doors and will continue to be a distribution center for those in need and act as a shelter once others fill up.
Source: USA Today
South Korea Responds To North’s Launch With Live Fire Drills-
North Korea launched a missile that passed over Japan. Now South Korea is responding. South Korea's air force staged a live-fire drill simulating the destruction of North Korea's leadership. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said four F-15K jetfighters had dropped eight MK 84 bombs on a simulated target.
The bombs can penetrate hard targets. "The drill reconfirmed South Korea Air Force capability to destroy the enemy's leadership in cases of emergency," an official from the South said.
The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting this afternoon on the escalation.
Four Legged Storm Victims Are Being Welcomed In NJ-New Jersey is opening its heart to pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
One-hundred dogs are arriving at Morristown Municipal Airport later today and yesterday over a dozen dogs and cats arrived in Tenafly. Robyn Urman of Pet ResQ, Inc. says the Tenafly animals came from a flooded shelter in Texas and desperately need "furrever" homes. In the meantime, they're being groomed, spayed or neutered, microchipped and placed with foster families.
The dogs flying into Morris County today will be housed at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, in Madison, until they're placed. Source: NBC New York
Harvey Threatens Third Landfall-
Tropical Storm Harvey is not done yet.
The storm, already the creator of unprecedented rainfall amounts, is slowly making its way back to coastal waters to strengthen.
Harvey made two landfalls already and is expected to churn in the waters before taking aim at southeast Texas tomorrow. While this is happening heavy rains continue to fall in Texas and Louisiana. The record rainfall, which will reach as much as 50 inches in spots, will continue through Labor Day weekend.
To put the storm into perspective, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from both major dams in the Houston area. It’s something that’s never been done before. The entire 12-thousand member Texas National Guard has also been called up, again an unprecedented move. The Department of Homeland Security is sending personnel in support.
Source: NBC News
The Whole U.S. Is Feeling One Effect Of Harvey-
Tropical Storm Harvey is driving up gas prices all across the U.S. just in time for the holiday.
Catastrophic flooding from the storm in Southeast Texas is shutting down some of the nation's biggest oil and gas refineries. The Houston area produces more than a quarter of the country's gasoline and with refineries shut down, supplies are tightening and prices are going up.
Triple-A reports prices are up four cents a gallon since the storm came onshore over the weekend. Triple-A experts say some parts of the U.S. could see increases of a dime a gallon or more by the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
The good news is, the prices won’t be high for long.
*The Cards take on the Brewers today, it's an away game!