Sometimes, we can't seem to catch a break from Mother Nature.
First, there was Hurricane Harvey, the biggest, baddest storm ever to hit Texas and Louisiana, which last week dumped more than 50 inches of rain in spots, leaving dozens dead and Houston devastated.
And now, right on the heels of Harvey, is Hurricane Irma, said to be the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.
It rolled over the Caribbean on Thursday, turning beach-vacation islands into barely habitable lumps and zinging Puerto Rico before heading north to the U.S. coast. It is expected to hit the Florida Keys and South Florida by tonight, and mass evacuations were the order of the day.
The smug and arrogant “science is settled” crowd jumped on Harvey and Irma as proof positive that global warming (or “climate change,” as some alarmists call it) was making the planet ever more dangerous.
But in point of fact, killer hurricanes are becoming less frequent, not more numerous. Harvey was the first major storm to hit the coastline in more than a decade.
That's of little comfort to those in the path of such storms, of course. They just want help now in surviving and coping and later in rebuilding. Luckily, they are getting it, from selfless volunteers like the Cajun Navy and public agencies from all levels of government.
The federal assistance seems to be coordinated and timely this time around, and state governments aren't standing around waiting for advice.