Disaster Zone

Hurricane Florence Arrives for the Peak of the Hurricane Season

FEMA should be getting excited and prepared at this point.

by Eric Holdeman / September 10, 2018

At this point it looks like the United States is the bull's-eye for Hurricane Florence gathering steam (a Category 4) currently out in the Atlantic Ocean and headed this way. The exact destination may not be known, but it will come ashore and bring with it wind, rain and storm surge. See Hurricane Florence prompts mandatory evacuations.

I noted that Navy ships have been sent to sea to get them out of the harbor and at sea where they can better weather the storm. I found this link that speaks to the threat of climate change to military installations worldwide, Half of the US Military’s Sites Are Vulnerable to Climate Change. Now What? The article also notes that the current administration has gone silent on the potential threats to nation state stability due to climate change. I can tell you that the millions of people who live in Bangladesh in their lowlands will be on the move as seas continue to rise, see this quote, "Bangladesh is predominantly rich fertile flat land. Most parts of it is less than 12 m (39.4 ft) above sea level, and it is estimated that about 10% of its land would be flooded if the sea level were to rise by 1 m (3.28 ft)."

I guess we will leave that to subsequent administrations to deal with once we actually have a problem with international instability due to sea rise. 

Lastly the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is certainly mobilizing its staff and pre-positioning supplies and personnel in the states projected to take the brunt of the storm. I'm sure they were hoping for a break from 2017, but Florence is not about to let them off the hook that easy.