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    Default Hurricane Florence

    This storm is huge! The satellite images are amazing! Over 1 million people have already evacuated inland. But plenty decided to stay and "ride it out" in their homes, claiming they're thoroughly prepared, with food/water, and generators...but it sounds like they think it's just another hurricane, ho hum, and don't believe the forecasts for massive, historic flooding.

    It doesn't help when Rush Limbaugh (reportedly) said all the reports are purposely over-exaggerated by the left/liberal media to push a climate change political agenda. Or that Trump is tweeting that his administration's response to Hurricane Maria was an "unsung success", and it didn't really kill almost 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico, that's just fake news from the Democrats.

    Anyway, this is going to be another American exercise in Disaster Preparedness, and local/state coordination with federal agencies like FEMA. It's got hot political waves before the storm even hit land.

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    Florence weakening before landfall really sucks cause now everyone who evacuated is going to turn into a moron at the next threat and try to ride it out after thinking a little flooding can be prepped for.
    "In a field where an overlooked bug could cost millions, you want people who will speak their minds, even if they’re sometimes obnoxious about it."

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    Who knows what this will do for the next hurricane reaction, but the flooding is so bad that even those who stayed now need rescuing. This wasn't just a hurricane, or a tropical storm, but a rain and flood event that spanned several states and impacted millions of people. And it's not over yet!

    This was all predicted by NOAA and weather scientists, including record-breaking rain and rivers cresting above major flood stage, at least 5 days in advance. I just don't understand why so many people (who rely on the weather report for what to wear, or if they need an umbrella that day, or if the game might be rained out this weekend) didn't take this forecast seriously.

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    The lack of flood insurance for a vast majority of these people is going to create problems for decades.
    "In a field where an overlooked bug could cost millions, you want people who will speak their minds, even if they’re sometimes obnoxious about it."

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    Absolutely. And it's not likely that FEMA or federal disaster relief will (a) help them pay their existing mortgages and/or property taxes, or (b) rebuild their homes or businesses. So much infrastructure has been destroyed and needs to be rebuilt, using tax dollars, it's going to take an Act of Congress. omg

    edit: not to mention that coal ash ponds and hog manure treatment plants have been flooded, turning rivers into toxic waste dumps
    Last edited by GGT; 09-24-2018 at 02:06 AM.

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    And now Hurricane Michael. So much damage and destruction!

    Forget that President Trump was holding political pep rallies or Kanye West luncheons in the oval office while parts of the coastal US (and Trump's own "base") was being wiped off the map....

    I'd like to know how we proceed from here. While everyone sympathizes with folks who have lost loved ones, plus their homes, businesses, and possessions, just saying "rebuild" smacks of delusion. Isn't it ironic and hypocritical that low-tax "red" states don't want federal meddling but expect federal disaster dollars?

    I don't mind paying taxes for national infrastructure or disaster preparedness, but it really irks me when it's spent in the aftermath of people who didn't heed mandatory evacuation orders, or local zoning that permitted mobile homes or other shoddy construction in the first place. Seriously. Coastal living shouldn't just be for the rich and famous, but there's got to be a better way than what we're doing now. And it's only going to get harder if we keep ignoring climate science.

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