Friday, August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene Threatens Six Years After Katrina
Well, here we are, six years almost to the day of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and we are staring another potentially catastrophic storm right in the eye.
This time, it's Hurricane Irene. Irene is definitely going to strain this country's ability to deal with a huge disaster, perhaps more than ever before.
There have been stronger storms than Irene, but she's taking dead aim at an area of the country that is heavily populated and not used to getting this kind of weather. We all knew it was possible, a strong hurricane taking aim at the megalopolis. This one is going to hit us where it will hurt.
These are the times you hope that you have leaders that are capable of making the right split-second decisions. You hope that you have elected leaders that can put politics aside and are ready and that have put the right people in place to take care of the needs of those effected by the storm.
Make no mistake, this will be a doozy even if it doesn't turn out to be the catastrophic storm that many are predicting. It's sure to cause some major damage and, at minimum, a major disruption to life in some of our most populated areas.
The storm is taking aim with an initial landfall likely in coastal North Carolina on Saturday morning. The storm is then forecast to continue its northward movement into Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. It doesn't look like the nation's capital will be spared the effects of the storm, either.
Now we wait. Mother Nature is ready to unleash it's fury on us again, and you hope that the plans that have been made are enough. This country cannot have another Katrina, but it's hard to imagine a disaster on this kind of scale affecting this many people.
Tonight, we are all East Coasters. Whatever you need, count on us to help. Here we go. We'll make it through this with you, together.