Hurricane Ike struck southeast Texas, where Tracie’s parents live, just a month after we started dating in 2008. Back then, people in Louisiana and Texas were still reeling from the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season, which included Katrina and Rita.
These days it seems like a given that hurricane season will deliver devastation by means of a massive storm like Florence or Michael.
A year after Harvey, you can still see debris piled up along the streets of our neighborhood. For many residents here, it was the second or third time their houses flooded in three consecutive years.
Does it really matter whether or not humankind is to blame for climate change? I believe it is but that’s beside the point: the climate is changing and the storms and devastation are becoming more and more frequent, the human loss and damage more grave. The same can be said of the wild fires in California where I grew up.
Today, our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of our sisters and brothers in Michael’s path.
Image via the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr (Creative Commons).