August 25, 2017 Last Updated 8:10 am

Texas papers warn readers of approaching Hurricane Harvey; Five year sentence for Samsung heir for bribing former president

Morning Brief: The National Hurricane Center now describes the approaching storm as a category 2 hurricane, but expected to strengthen before making landfall later today

The Texas coast is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, this morning a Hurricane 2, but expected to strengthen further before landfall. As with most natural disasters, those without transportation, the poor and infirm, will be effected most. Texas, which more than any other state, expresses distain for the Federal government will no doubt be begging for assistance, and whether this government, which is so poorly staffed and managed, will be up to the challenge will soon be seen.

National Hurricane Center:

Hurricane Harvey Forecast Discussion

Since Harvey is embedded within light shear and moving over warm waters, additional strengthening is anticipated before landfall in about 24 hours. Thereafter, gradual weakening is forecast but since a good portion of the circulation will remain over water, the weakening process could be slower than normal.

Radar and reconnaissance fixes indicate that Harvey is moving toward the northwest or 320 degrees at 8 kt. The hurricane is on the western edge of a persistent area of high pressure over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and this pattern will maintain the current hurricane motion until landfall. Once Harvey is inland over Texas, the steering currents are forecast to collapse and the cyclone should begin to meander, prolonging the flooding conditions for several days. The track guidance between now and landfall is very consistent and there is high confidence in the track forecast. After landfall, the track models show large variability and the confidence is low. In any case, NHC forecast depicts a slow moving tropical cyclone near or over Texas for the next five days.

The Washington Post, James Hohmann:

Hurricane Harvey will be Trump’s first major natural disaster test

Last August, Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama for golfing on Martha’s Vineyard after floods in Louisiana left 13 people dead. The then-Republican nominee flew to Baton Rouge to hand out toys to children who had lost their homes. “The president says he doesn’t want to go,” an outraged Trump told volunteers at a Baptist church.

“I heard he wants to stay under par while we are under water,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council.

“He will never be under par,” Trump replied.

When Obama went down a few days later, Trump declared on Fox News that it was “too late.”

CNN, Michelle Krupa:

Amid pumping failures, New Orleans readies for possible floods from Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey takes aim at Texas, people in New Orleans are bracing for 10 inches of rain or more starting Sunday and continuing into early next week.

The daunting forecast comes just weeks after strong storms overwhelmed the city’s unique drainage system, leading to flooding at a couple hundred properties and exposing critical deficiencies among 100 large pumps that drain many neighborhoods. Days later, a key turbine that helps generate an uncommon frequency of electricity needed to run the city’s oldest, most powerful pumps caught fire, leaving just one of five power turbines in working order.

This is not the kind of publicity Samsung would want just after it had launched an important new model of its smartphone, but everyone knew it was coming.

South Korea’s largest chaebol, or business conglomerate, Samsung has deep ties to the government — too deep apparently, as the heir to the company, Lee Jae-yong, has been sentenced to five years in jail for bribery.

The Korea Herald, Ock Hyun-ju:

Samsung heir jailed 5 years for bribery

A Seoul court on Friday sentenced Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong to five years in jail on charges connected to the corruption scandal that led to former President Park Geun-hye’s ouster.

The Seoul Central District Court convicted Samsung’s de facto heir of bribing former President Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil in return for the government’s help in tightening his control over Samsung Group, saying he was in position to benefit most from the bribery scheme.

“The essence of the case is collusive ties between political power and capital power,” presiding Judge Kim Jin-dong said. “As Samsung executives, they had a great deal of negative impact on society and the economy.”

BBC, Karishma Vaswani:

What does the jailing of its heir mean for Samsung?

You just need to walk down the streets of Seoul to see how entrenched Samsung is as part of Korean life. It is South Korea’s largest “chaebol” – a Korean name made up of the words “clan” and “wealth”, which together mean a massive family-owned empire – and makes up a fifth of the country’s GDP.

It is made up of numerous different businesses, ranging from consumer electronics to healthcare to life insurance. It’s also the company that many young Koreans want to work for, as I found out during a trip to Seoul earlier this year, despite the corruption woes of company heir Lee Jae-yong (also known as Jay Y Lee).

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