posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 04:17 PM
It is not the snow that is the worry...it is the 9:00 pm-ish threat of yet another tidal surge. For the third time in 16 months, an historic storm is
hitting my state's coastline at an astronomical high tide. The first time was hurricane Irene. The second time was hurricane Sandy. Now, we have
Nemo. The tidal surge warnings have been playing along the tickertapes of all the local channels since yesterday.
Also eerily like Sandy is the fact that two storms, one heavily laden with moisture from the south and one coming at us from the west, will once again
perfectly merge right above our heads to create hurricane-strength winds of up to 70 mph. The last time this happened was 1992. Prior to that, it was
1928, if I recall correctly.
This statistically improbable combination of astronomical high tide and duel-storm merging allowed Sandy to pour a full seven feet of water into many
of my area neighborhoods, which is unprecedented. Irene had previously beaten the 100-year high water mark by 5 inches at a high mark of 4 feet. Sandy
almost doubled this level.
There has most certainly been an uptick in coastal weather events, and they are increasing in severity in my area. You cannot begin to imagine the
financial and emotional ruin these events have caused.
And don't dare mention FEMA as a fallback for affected communities. Flood insurance is absolutely worthless. From firsthand knowledge I can assure
you that it is a federal redistribution scam on a grand scale. They take from the homeowners and give it all to the renters who never bought policies,
even though it is a local statute that renters must hold a policy. Flood insurance policies cover almost NOTHING in terms of structural damage. All
they do is offer SBA loans provided that you agree to let the federal government put a lien on your home for the loan amount. Yeah, right. Bite me.
And, for the love of God, do NOT donate to the Red Cross. They told so many of my neighbors that they had nothing to offer them...nothing...despite
the hundreds of millions of dollars they were collecting in donations. But, hey, the guy who runs Red Cross just gave himself a $6 million bonus, so
all is great in the world.