THE Augusta Chronicle
Neither World War II Germany nor Japan managed to hit the U.S. mainland, and certainly not the way Mother Nature is doing this late summer.
Then again, Harvey and Irma appear to have formed their own Axis powers - the former laying waste to much of the Texas coast and Houston, and the latter headed for the Southeast. On Tuesday, Irma dwarfed even Harvey, as a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph. That’s a monster.
Our warmongering antagonist in North Korea couldn’t draw it up any better in his dreams. If we had a hurricane missile defense system, it would be stirring to life. Irma is an ominous presence, even days from possible landfall. If it does hit - Florida, the Atlantic coast, wherever - it could test America almost 9/11-like, with two major hits to population centers within weeks.
As Congress returns to work and Harvey cleanup has only just begun, we must face the possibility of a second leviathan descending on the United States. It will require that we indeed be united.
The prospect of catastrophic damage and loss of life and hundreds, if not thousands, of our fellow Americans stranded in or sitting atop their homes must melt away our petty disagreements and steel us for the task ahead.
Even if Irma were to miraculously turn north and only skirt the coast, it’s not a bad idea for Americans to leave our differences behind and act like the family we are.
It’s difficult in any circumstance to fight Mother Nature. The only way to do it is together.
Stay tuned, and stay ready to help in any way you can.