First Hurricane Florence, Then Hurricane Mathew: A Town in Constant Recovery.
Lumberton, NC is the town described.
The narrative and the photos are quite compelling.
Hurricane Michael showed how woefully unprepared the military is for extreme weather, The military says climate change is a “threat multiplier.”
From BloombergNews: Devastating Storms May Spur Action on Disaster Preparation
- Tougher building codes, buyouts could reduce harm next time
- Scolding from FEMA head brings resilience debate into the open”Hurricane Michael’s devastation could spur policymakers to better prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change.”
From the Insurance Journal: Latest Storms May Finally Shift Focus to Disaster Mitigation by Local Communities
Hurricane Michael Reminds Us It’s Past Time to Get Smarter About Where We Build. Since 1970, the state has added nearly 15 million residents, most of them flowing into storm-prone counties that border the Gulf or the Atlantic.
Why was there so much damage from Hurricane Michael? The easy answer: Michael was a spectacularly strong hurricane. Near the top of the scale.
The rest of the answer is, however, that important people decided that homes and businesses and Air Force bases housing billions of dollars in airplanes should be built to a lower standard than Mother Nature’s reality dictated. They bet that a superstrong storm wasn’t going to come along. They lost the bet.
In addition to the impact on humans and structures, here is a run down of the likely environmental impacts. From USAToday: Hurricane Michael’s fury will have longstanding environmental impacts.
From the WSJ: ‘You Just Realize It’s All Gone’: Hurricane Michael’s Heavy Toll. One of the most powerful storms to ever strike the U.S. erased entire neighborhoods and leveled communities; ‘it looks apocalyptic.’
Article has interesting chart that ranks hurricanes in strength and costs.
See this Toles cartoon from the Wash Post: