As of this writing, Saturday, August 27th, the Northeast coast of the U.S. is ready and waiting to see what Hurrican Irene does. Many precautions have been taken, and people seem to be paying attention to the warnings that the authorities have given them to evacuate. As early as Friday, New York City hospitals were transferring patients to other hospitals or home, if they were able to go, as long as they are out of harm’s way.
The United States has seen its share of weather abnormalties this year – excessive rain in some parts, and extreme drought in the Southern and Midwestern states. There’s too much rain in places, and too little in others. As they say, “feast or famine.” Last spring, there were tornadoes that devastated communities, and residents are just now beginning to rebuild. Flooding occurred as a result of heavy snows melting from the mountains. Another unusual type of disaster – the wildfires that ravaged thousands of acres in Texas and California. Then, what about the “dust bowl” in Arizona? Believe me, if you’ve ever lived in a desert area, you know what those dust storms are all about. So, Mother Nature, what goes?
These are seasonal storms that make their way out of the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico and leave paths of destruction. TODAY: MONDAY, AUGUST 29TH: Irene has passed by the Northeastern coast, leaving approximately 21 dead; and damage estimated at $7 billion. Irene turned into a tropical storm late Sunday, leaving flooding behindd and possible spawning of tornadoes. New Yorkers were relieved that it was not like the nightmare authorities feared. According to today’s Ft Worth Star-Telegram, causes of deaths included water, falling trees, and electricity. There will be many homes and businesses that must be repaired or rebuilt, but another big challenge is restoring power to the 4.5 million homes and businesses without power. Travelers have been inconvenienced by delayed flights and other means of transportation. The light at the end of the tunnel is that most of those involved in this area paid attention to the weather warnings and heeded their advice.
As the news and weather personnel instruct everyone, be prepared. They are doing their job to warn us in the event of a natural occurrence. We must do our part to be ready. As advised, have a plan for your family, where you can go to escape the threat, and have your emergency supplies packed and ready.
- A 3-day supply of fresh water.
- Non-perishable food.
- Important papers.
- Cell phone and battery charger.
- Flashlight, and candles in case of power outage.
- Arrangements for your pets. Take them with you if possible.
- Extra clothing.
- Keep your car filled up with gas during threatening weather.
Here we go, complaining (naturally) about the terrible weather conditions that our nation has gone through this past spring and summer. Then, I think about what our young men and women are going through, wearing all that heavy gear, as they fight their way in hot, dusty, dirty countries. I feel sure they would love to be in the good old U.S.A., regardless of the threat of storms. The kind of storm they battle every day is more fierce than anything we can imagine.
This also brings to mind the horrible earthquake in Japan, and the struggle their citizens are coping with to rebuild parts of their country. Haiti, another country that had a devastating earthquake, is still coping with the disaster that hit their land. Again, what is going on with Mother Nature? How about giving Mother Earth a break?