CSX Railroad Fought A North Carolina City’s Desperate Attempt To Prevent Devastating Flooding. Now, entire neighborhoods in Lumberton are under water for the second time in as many years.
FEMA chief considered quitting as feud with Homeland Security secretary boiled over. The ongoing drama at FEMA.
A bit of humor from the NYTimes: See this piece by Gail Collins on the response so far.
Sept. 19. Millions of chickens and thousands of pigs died in Florence in North Carolina
Sept. 17: WSJ: Big Storms Leave Small Marks on the U.S. Economy. Studies show business slows during and after hurricanes hit, but rebuilding leads to a boost in economic activity.
Five Things That Must Change After H. Florence. One is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.
Sept. 16: Recovery Issues for Small Towns.
Special note: The Washington Post has removed its limit on articles re Florence, so even if you are not a subscriber to the digital edition you can read them.
Facing heat for 2017, FEMA ramps up hurricane prep for Florence. Note that the last paragraph suggests the really hard part will be the recovery.
An opinion piece from the Washpost . It is Time to Declare the White House a Disaster Area.
Hurricane Florence’s Unusual Extremes Worsened by Climate Change, Scientists Say. Researchers estimate the storm’s rainfall forecast is 50 percent higher because of warmer oceans and more moisture in the atmosphere brought by global warming.
From the NYTimes, this interesting article on the pending governmental efforts to deal with H. Florence. See: Hurricane Florence Is a Formidable Test for FEMA and Trump.
Note that the firm ESRI is offering a number of useful services, according to fellow blogger Eric Holdeman. See his blog posting titled An Esri Library of Maps and Apps Tracking Hurricane Florence.
From the WSJ on 9/13: Thousands of Homes in Florence’s Path Lack Flood Insurance. Coverage rates have fallen over past five years even as coastal development in the Carolinas has increased.
The Diva would add that research has shown that the root cause of the country’s escalating number of weather- and climate-related disasters is not necessarily a rise in the frequency or intensity of these events but the increasing exposure and vulnerability of populations that lie in their path. See this article and map in the NYTimes that shows the increase of population in vulnerable areas.
Special Needs and Evacuation Issues:
- From Kaiser Health News: As Hurricane Nears, Officials Scramble to Protect Seniors From Florence.
- When It’s Time to Evacuate, Cities Struggle to Help Those Who Can’t Drive
- This Reason Prevents Thousands from Evacuating – poverty.
Thanks to Chris Jones for the citation.