Hurricane Florence, Part 4

[Previously: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.]

Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning near Wilmington, North Carolina. It arrived as a Category 1 storm, bringing winds of 105mph, "making it the second strongest wind ever measured there." Power has been knocked out for nearly half a million people already, and storm surges has turned many streets into rivers.

And it's only 9:30 in the morning on the eastern seaboard, with the Weather Channel advising: "Destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, and heavy rainfall will continue to batter the Carolinas throughout the day."

New Bern, NC, is one of the hardest hit towns so far, with water rising so quickly that dozens of people were trapped in their attics. About 200 people have already been rescued, and 150 more are still awaiting rescue.

Naturally, the shaming of people who didn't evacuate has already begun. I have a few thoughts about that.

This is a time to be good to one another. We are not being governed by compassionate or decent people; we need more than ever to be compassionate and decent to each other in times of crisis.

So far, there are no reports of serious injuries or death. I desperately hope that will remain the case throughout the day, even as I know how unlikely that is.

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