By The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss
JACKSON, Miss. —
We know a thing or two about hurricanes. Many of us survived Camille in 1969, and Katrina in 2005, but losses suffered in those mega-storms still sting in memories today.
As long as we live, they will never leave us.
We remember how Katrina ravaged our coastline, flattening homes and businesses before powering inland with destructive force, claiming lives all along the way. While the coast continues to rebuild, more than 200 Mississippians died in Katrina.
Years before, we recall how Camille delivered similar destruction — flattening the coast before inflicting damage far inland, while claiming the lives of more than 130 Mississippians and leaving some 9,000 injured. ...
Even in the best case scenarios — preparations spare lives and the storm’s forecast strength eases — significant damage will be done in the Northeast over the course of two days. That’s one thing hurricanes have taught us through experience: high, relentless wind combined with large amounts of water from rain and surge most always equates to disaster at some level.
Most will survive Hurricane Sandy, of course. But most everyone in the storm’s path will see life interrupted, with power outages, work and school disruptions, and more. ...
So, while we are 1,200 miles away from where Hurricane Sandy made landfall late Monday, our thoughts and prayers are our fellow Americans in the Northeast — some of whom include our very own family members and friends living or visiting there.
We know from experience that dealing with the heaviest of hearts or even the smallest nuisances of inconvenience in the aftermath of a mega-storm isn’t easy. And, we know from experience that the only way to move forward is by helping a neighbor in need and picking up the pieces one bit at a time.
Soon enough, the mighty storm’s impact will become a distant memory, albeit more painful for some than others. But for all survivors, the sun will soon shine again.