We've endured earthquakes and floods and, more recently, horrific wildfires. We aren't, thank goodness, accustomed to hurricanes. But we know how it feels when our neighborhoods are ravaged and our lives are upended.
We also know the value -- tangible and intangible -- when fellow Americans and concerned citizens of faraway countries reach out to help in the aftermath of a disaster.
Hurricane Florence reached the
More than 1.7 million people are under evacuation orders, with catastrophic flooding and widespread power outages expected as the storm slowly works its way inland. Damage is likely to be tallied in the tens of billions of dollars.
Unlike an earthquake or a wildfire, there's nothing sudden about a hurricane.
Weather satellites tracked Florence's advance across the ocean for days as coastal residents and first responders prepared, accompanied by climate change debates and President
With the storm battering the
As we know, grueling challenges lie ahead for people and communities in the path of the hurricane. Houston is struggling to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey, which swamped large parts of the nation's fourth-largest city 13 months ago. It took 11 months to restore power to all of
Soon we will see signs reading "
We also know that "Sonoma Strong" came with a lot of outside help -- first responders and utility repair crews came from around the state and as far away as
In the coming days, weeks and, yes, months, residents of North and
Volunteers already are on the way from
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