These NASA photographs (thanks, guys!) show the almost incomprehensible scale of Hurricane Isabel, back in September of 2003.
Let’s be clear at the outset: There is nothing fun or funny about hurricanes. People are displaced, hurt, or killed; homes and businesses are damaged or destroyed; beach, delta, and estuary ecosystems are ripped up by hurricane-force winds or damaged by the salt from tidal surges.
Having acknowledged that, I did enjoy collecting headlines about Hurricane Isabel, 12 years ago.
“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.”
Anticipated, Imminent, and Actual Landfall
Analysis of Impact
My hurricane strategy is to stay away from them, in space or in time.
To think of living in a place with a hurricane season is almost beyond belief. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration doesn’t have the luxury that I do – sitting, slackjawed, clipping headlines as these things hit. Here’s what they’ve been doing to build resilience since Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago.
And here’s a less sanguine view of whether America is ready – technically or politically – for another hurricane like Katrina. Or Isabel.