Florence is a charmingly old-fashioned name. I don’t recall ever knowing a Florence or calling anyone Flo. The name is unlikely to make a comeback: Hurricane Florence is a dangerous system that appears to be the IT storm of the 2018 hurricane season.
It’s natural for people in New Orleans to compare the storm to Hurricane Katrina. I did so myself on the tweeter tube the other day:
Florence is an extremely dangerous storm. It combines the size of Katrina with the slow moving wetness of Harvey. I hate to evacuate but I would do so for this storm.
— Shecky (@Adrastosno) September 11, 2018
There’s another severe past storm whose name is being dropped. Florence’s projected path is eerily reminiscent of 1989’s Hurricane Hugo; another storm with a charmingly old-fashioned name that was anything but charming.
I have a friend who does rescue work who is sounding the alarm about Florence:
Please. If you are looking at ground zero for this storm get out. Pack a bag of all weather gear, meds, important papers put in ziploc bags, pet info. Get gas, CASH, and get out. Take pics of your stuff and house. AND GET OUT. PLease. I do rescue ops. Please go.
— DG still me. (@dgstillme) September 11, 2018
Don’t fuck around with this storm, y’all, especially if you’re in a coastal area. The storm surge is potentially horrific. Leave as early as you can so you can Flo with the contra-flow on the interstate.
I posted the picture of the Insult Comedian’s obscene antics in Puerto Rico last fall as a reminder of his administration’s failures after Hurricane Maria. He, of course, thinks they did totally awesome:
“I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success. I actually think it is one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about,”
Nearly 3,000 people perished as a result of Maria. Trump is incapable of thinking everything associated with him isn’t the “biggest” and the “best.” It’s what con men do.
Those brown-people should just STFU and stop being uppity with Trumpberius, especially that lady mayor. #sarcasm
Donald Trump has declared that his government is “absolutely, totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence, as officials and forecasters warned that the “staggering” storm is shaping up to be catastrophic and unprecedented.
It would be nice if we had a president* who didn’t sound like a tween girl at a sleepover. Totally.
What strikes me about the revived Maria discussion is that there has been NO Congressional oversight whatsoever. Despite Republican control of Congress after Katrina, there *were* hearings. After Maria, crickets.
The lack of Congressional response is partially because of Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status BUT Republicans are afraid of the Kaiser of Chaos pitching a hissy fit. They seem to think that a nasty tweet will smite them dead. Their political cowardice seems poised to send them into the wilderness after the midterms. They’ll wish they’d risked the online wrath of Trump.
Heckuva job, GOP.
The last word goes to Neil Young and Roxy Music: