Monday, October 17, 2005

Another Storm Brews Over Atlantic

This has turned out to be one of the busiest hurricane seasons in history. Tropical storm Wilma is forming, tying the record set in 1933. She is the 21st named storm in this season.

Currently near the Cayman Islands, the depression may follow a track that will see it enter the Gulf of Mexico in four days, according to the hurricane center. Oil gained the most in four days on concern the depression may threaten Gulf supplies, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Hopefully, this storm will never get near the Gulf of Mexico! It would be tragedy upon tragedy, if is did, and hit the coast lines once again. This storm is the last to be named from our alphabet. If there is another one, heaven forbid, it will be named after the Greek alphabet, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on.

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Ron Franscell said...

From Media blogger and Rita survivor Ron Franscell @ ...

As Tropical Storm Wilma gathers strength in the Caribbean and takes aim at -- of course -- the U.S. Gulf Coast, it's starting to feel a little like a slasher movie. This monster just won't die.

At the moment, anything is possible once Wilma slithers into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. She could skulk toward Texas or sneak up on the Florida Panhandle ... or just slice head-on into the soft underbelly of Gulf Coast at New Orleans and Mississippi, again.

When I first came to Southeast Texas, people were surprisingly sanguine about the threat of hurricanes. Maybe it's because it had been almost 20 years since a hurricane hit here. They oozed a certain resignation to the inevitability of a catastrophe, saying such things as "That's what insurance is for" and "It's only a house." Indeed, now that Rita has slit us from crotch to collarbone, my neighbors (some of whom are not even insured) simply set themselves to the task of rebuilding and restoring their homes and their lives the best they can. TV shines its light on a few people whining that FEMA and the Red Cross and the church on the corner and the people who sell groceries and all the ships at sea have somehow betrayed them, but for the most part, I see people making their own remedies.

But I wonder, as we closely watch the prowling Wilma, if anyone is still as sanguine. As I picked up some broken shingles, glass shards and fallen branches in my backyard this morning, I wondered: Should I just leave them until Wilma passes ... or maybe longer, until after the hurricane season has gone into hibernation at the end of November? Should I just leave the fences on the ground rather than replace a brand-new fence after the next storm? Or should I simply surrender -- like my friends and neighbors -- to the inevitability of hurricanes and deductibles and turbulence of all kinds ... and live as well as possible in between?

Aw, hell, it's only a house.

Barbara said...

Ron, I think it's our human nature to want to 'clean up' things that are broken. So, I would assume, were I in that situation, I'd be cleaning up the yards and house, redoing the fences and living life today like there was no tomorrow. We never know; Katrina and Rita showed us that fact.

I feel for all those who got flooded and their insurance won't pay, although they've probably been with them for years! Sad! And, for all those that didn't have insurance at all, I know they are heart broken. But, as someone said, life goes on, and we have to do the best we can.