Here Comes Florence

Closing Thought–12Sep18

I lived through Katrina and I witnessed the fiasco that was Maria last year… I dealt with a near miss this year and now yet another storm is headed for the US but this time it is headed for the Southeast Coast of North and South Carolina…..

According to Our Dear Leader the government is ready for yet another successful handling of a hurricane….like that of Puerto Rico last year……

With a powerful hurricane bearing down on the southeast coast, President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned attention back to the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, deeming it “incredibly successful” even though a recent federal report found that nearly 3,000 people died, the AP reports. The administration’s efforts in Puerto Rico received widespread criticism. But “I actually think it was one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about,” Trump said Tuesday of the response in Puerto Rico, suggesting that it was made more difficult by the “island nature” of the storm site. The president praised the response to the series of storms that battered the United States last year, saying “I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success. Texas we’ve been given A-pluses for. Florida we’ve been given A-pluses for.”

After visiting Puerto Rico last September, Trump said that Puerto Ricans were fortunate that the storm did not yield a catastrophe akin to the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. All told, about 1,800 people died in that 2005 storm. Puerto Rico’s governor last month raised the US territory’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975. The storm is also estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage. While defending the handling of the previous storms, Trump on Tuesday urged caution in regards to the new one bearing down on North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. “The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We are sparing no expense. We are totally prepared. We are ready. We are ready as anybody has ever been.” (A recent simulation showed a hurricane “alarmingly similar” to Florence devastating the East Coast.)

The reports are that over a million people have been evacuated from the Coastline….and that the state has 80,000 gallons of water, about 400,000 meals, 34 generators, and other supplies…..

I may not be a math genius but supplies on hand and people that will be in need….the math does not work.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people in the path of this storm….

I like to close with Jimmy Buffet…….


9 thoughts on “Here Comes Florence

  1. People are totally refusing to see the larger picture here. There is a 25% increase in the population density in the target area since the last hurricane of this intensity. Common sense suggests FEMA or any other agency will have far greater response challenges, not to mention re-construction challenges, as human habitats get destroyed and/or disabled. No rescue/recovery will be quick because logistics.. distribution networks.. will be slower. NO president… NO president… is responsible for agency response simply because NO president knows what the hell the agencies are supposed to do in the grand scheme. The president serves to instill confidence that help is coming; to act informed and in command doing his helicopter fly-overs.. and to keep his rhetoric encouraging, and hopeful, and positive.. admonishing everything American. The president is the PR guy.
    Assigning praise and the back-slapping and the constant reminders of “our brave first responders” too soon does nothing in helping people on scene that still need help. Praises and “mission accomplished” comes later… and admissions to response shortcomings (with EVERY response). Bush forgot that with Katrina.. Trump forgot that with Puerto Rico.. and will likely forget that again.

    The results of natural disasters are just going to get worse.

  2. I watched this reported on the BBC. They said N. Carolina, S. Carolina, and Virginia. Looks like you might indeed miss this one, chuq.. Good luck to all the unfortunate people in its path.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Looks like we are for some rain in North Georgia and in the mountains in Western North Carolina. Could be a lot of flooding in the South and North Carolina lowlands. Looks like a bad moon rising.

    Back sometime in the eights or nineties we had a hurricane stall over middle Georgia. Flooding in middle and South Georgia was unreal. Coffins, caskets and bodies were washed up out of cemeteries and swept away. Not to mention roads, houses and cars.

  4. For me, it always seems as if the people who experience natural disasters are surprised by it. If it weren’t so pathetic, it would be funny… I mean, how long have they lived on this planet? Bad weather, earthquakes, and the like are all part of the picture, but, everyone, especially the media, acts like they’ve never gotten wet, or heard that it was possible for floods to happen when it rains….

    SIGH…. Silly monkeys….

    gigoid, the dubious

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