Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico on August 24
NOAA/NASA GOES Project
Once its deadly winds have calmed, a hurricane’s wrath isn’t over. The disaster simply morphs into a different type of catastrophe. As we’re currently seeing in post-Maria Puerto Rico, the systems on which society depends can break down and fail. Power outages may last for days or even weeks; there are no guarantees regarding access to potable water, food supplies, and medical attention; and communication can revert to the pre-digital, or even the pre-telephonic, era.
Hurricanes destroy, but they also reveal horrors that