I hate to say this, but if people in Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina die from Hurricane Matthew because they failed to follow safety recommendations, some of the fault will lay at the feet of some conservative idiots who are trying to make points off of this disaster.
That may seem like a harsh statement, but I have lots of experience with hurricanes and I know that this has nothing to do with politics. This is a life and death situation. There has already been over 500 people killed in this hurricane, and it is possible that more will be added to that count.
But, that doesn’t stop the self-absorbed idiots from screaming about conspiracies. On Thursday, Limbaugh on his show said that the government was inflating the danger. He said it was a left-wing conspiracy so they can “hype global warming”.
He further said that everything was just fine. After all, his house “was hit by Hurricane Wilma in 2004 and it survived just fine.” So, see you don’t have to worry about a Category 4 hurricane or 7-11 foot storm surge or the 130 MPH winds. His house was hit by a Category 1 hurricane and everything is just fine.
Matt Drudge went even further. He claimed that there was no proof of the accuracy of the warnings and that the National Weather Service had a monopoly on the data. And, while the National Hurricane Center was saying that severe winds would hit the Florida coast within hours, he was tweeting that the storm was “fizzling out”.
I don’t really give a shit what Limbaugh or Drudge think about climate change. They are both self-absorbed idiots who don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves. What I do care about is that they do have a following and they are placing many people in danger that they don’t have to be in.
That it totally irresponsible. I am a veteran of disaster relief work. I have seen Category 1 Hurricanes kill hundreds of people and cause billions of dollars in damage. This storm is bigger than Katrina and Sandy and look what they did. We have been fortunate so far because it hasn’t fully come ashore. If it did, the damage would be far worse.
This is a very serious and dangerous storm. It is one of the worst I have seen. If you don’t take the warnings seriously, you are placing yourself and your family in danger. Especially if you live along the coast.
I am strongly urging people who live along the coast in northern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina to make sure you get out. Evacuation orders have been issued, and if you are still in the evacuation areas, you need to leave immediately.
It is possible that the storm could change course again and save your property. But it is just as possible it could hit you head on. The potential storm surge is one of the highest I have ever seen. And, that is the biggest danger people along the coast face.
If an 11 foot storm surge does strike, it will flood the entire first floor of your house. If you don’t have a second floor, you will be either trying to get into your attic or you will potentially drown. I am not exaggerating either. That is assuming the storm surge doesn’t simply wash your house way.
Please, everyone in the path of this deadly storm, listen to the experts and not self-absorbed idiots who don’t care about you. Don’t be a statistic, be a survivor. Hopefully it won’t get that bad, but if you are betting on that, remember you are betting with your life. That is not a bet I want you to lose.
Let us allow the relief workers to come in after the storm and help you rebuild. Not look for victims.