Watching what’s unfolding in Florida now and what happened in Texas the last week has been hard. For all those that lived through Katrina the current weather brings back bad memories. My heart goes out to all those affected and all those about to be. If any good could come out of these disasters you would hope it would encourage real talk about climate change and science and not whatever passes for science in the minds of the naysayers. As I type these words Florida is already experiencing the first effects of Hurricane Irma and it still has hours before it makes landfall. Starting with a proposed landfall on the east coast, the hurricane continues to move farther westward until now it’s supposed to come ashore on the west coast. If memory serves me Katrina was originally thought to land somewhere in Florida and we all know how that turned out. For Florida the hurricane coming up the west coast is pretty much the worse scenario imaginable, it puts pretty much the entire state on the east side of the eye, which is the most destructive side.
Sending thoughts and prayers has become a pretty much-cliched sentiment that truthfully does nothing for the intended, but at this point there really isn’t much more that can be done. I’ve spent a good chunk of my childhood in Florida and a few years later as an adult and the state is one of my favorite places. For what it’s worth my thoughts are with everyone that will be affected and I truly wish the best.