Date: September 28, 2022 05:53PM
I've been watching news updates all day. Weather is awesome but sometimes hits with scary, dangerous and tragic results. The first responders who are out and about rescuing people from high water and fallen trees and other dangers are amazing folks.
Here are some photos following the recent "once in a lifetime" storm in Atlantic Canada this week:https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2022/09/photos-hurricane-fiona-canada/671557/
"Hurricane Fiona moved north toward Eastern Canada, making landfall this weekend as a post-tropical cyclone. The downgraded storm still packed heavy rain and winds, gusting up to 110 mph, driving storm surges and knocking down trees and power lines. Hundreds of thousands remain without power as emergency crews and utility workers work to clear debris and rebuild lines."
Many in Eastern Canada have lost their homes and all their possessions. Unimaginable.
One elderly lady was in her basement when she was swept away and a search party eventually, most unfortunately, found her body in the ocean (the 73-year-old mentioned in a headline in the photo essay linked above).
I just heard the Governor of Florida mention "life-threatening storm surge" as well as saying that some 9-1-1 systems are down (with calls being re-routed). However, there's a limit to how much danger even first responders can be expected to risk. At some points, people are absolutely definitely alone for a time. Just you, the rain, the wind, the storm surge, the water. It's got to be shocking to call the help line and nobody answers.
The Gov also said that they are currently evacuating people hundreds of miles away from the storm surge. It's almost unbelievable.
I'm feeling grateful and relieved that where I'm at I don't have to face much more with weather than some summer days that are too hot for my liking. We're surrounded by water here on the B.C. coasts but I'm not so close that I can envision ever being in a situation like the one all these people are facing.
It's times like this that make us realize the limits of our own strength and power.
I wish all the best to everyone.