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Student Spotlight: Megha Patel

Megha Patel is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work with the interdisciplinary City, Culture, and Community program at Tulane University. She has experience managing programs and conducting evaluations in collaboration with community-based organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Megha is contributing to CRGC’s Community Action Planning and Resilience Building efforts.

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CRGC is sending our well wishes and support to our friends, colleagues, and all who are bracing for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. ... See MoreSee Less

Hurricane Harvey is dangerously approaching the Texas coast, centered as of 5 a.m. CDT about 165 miles (265 km) southeast of Corpus Christi. On the forecast track, Harvey will make landfall on the middle Texas coast tonight or early Saturday. Harvey is then likely to meander near or just inland of the middle Texas coast through the weekend. Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts - a strong Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible, and Harvey is expected to become a major hurricane with sustained winds up to 120 mph before it reaches the middle Texas coast. A Storm Surge Warning continues from Port Mansfield to High Island Texas and a Storm Surge Watch from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande. A Hurricane Warning continues from Port Mansfield to Sargent and a Tropical Storm Warning from north of Sargent to High Island and from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande. A Hurricane Watch continues from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande and a Tropical Storm Watch continues from south of the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan, Mexico. Harvey is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall, bringing life-threatening storm surge, rainfall, and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed this morning, as tropical-storm-force winds will first arrive in the hurricane and storm surge warning areas later today. For the latest local information, go to www.weather.gov For the latest on Harvey, go towww.nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey

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CRGC Co-PI, Dr. Keith Nicholls, of University of South Alabama is discussing human dimensions of oil spills with a panel today at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: “Preparing for a Rapid Response to Major Marine Oil Spills: A Workshop on Research Needs to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Communities” in Washington, DC! ... See MoreSee Less

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