by Axios | 10.11.18
Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Fla., as a high-end Category 4 storm early Wednesday afternoon, killing at least two people and causing catastrophic damage.
The big picture: It's the strongest such storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle and one of the strongest ever to strike the continental U.S. — and it severely impacted Florida's electricity grid and oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.
Electricity losses: As of 6am this morning, there were 359,306 accounts without power, according to Florida state officials.
Oil-and-gas: Evacuations of Gulf of Mexico oil-and-gas platforms led to 42% of Gulf oil production and 32% of gas production being shut-in as of midday yesterday, according to the Interior Department.
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Now we will go in and spend millions to put up electricity poles and get power back to those affected, then wait for the next hurricane to demolish it once again. Why not spend the extra money and run the power grid underground, strengthen building codes to help withstand future hurricanes
Anytime a President feels it is more important to go campaigning than to be an actual president and try his damnedest to help and heal an afflicted area, the government response is nowhere good enough. What’s he going to have it blamed on this time? Gays? Saudis? Democrats? Science? Kavanaugh resistance?
It is too early to tell if our government was as prepared for the storm as necessary. One indicator against the preparedness is the fact that POTUS took the time to rally his supporters in PA instead of even attempting to show any concern for the citizens affected. The good news for him, however, is this gives his buds in the oil & gas industry another excuse to allow the price of gas to spiral out of control, affecting every citizen in this nation who drives a vehicle. We get screwed and they get richer! THAT is the true reason for his 'oil independence' policies. Everything is about money to him and his cronies. After the hit the stock market took yesterday, I am not feeling so good about the booming economy he is always talking about. I wonder on which scapegoat he will focus the 'blame' . If you take the credit for the good news, you have to be prepared to accept responsibility for the bad - something this egocentric, self-indulgent man has never been able to do.
Preparation for and coordination of the response to these disasters are the responsibility of state and local governments. The federal government provides additional resources in response, but the preparedness of infrastructure and citizens is not a federal government responsibility.