It’s 8:30 in the eastern United States and Hurricane Irma will shortly be making landfall in Florida. Like most folks around the world I’ve been tracking the progress of this storm over the past week. It has already devastated Caribbean islands and promises to deliver heavy rain, storm surge, and winds over 110 MPH to the Florida Keys and much of the state’s west coast.
I’d like to move away from foreign policy and defense topics for a moment and ask all of you to say a prayer for the people of the Caribbean who have endured Irma, and the people in Florida who are about to. This is the second major hurricane to affect the United States in two weeks and there could be another on the horizon. Every possible precaution has been taken by local, state, and federal officials. Right now all they can do is watch, wait, and stand ready to swoop in with help after the storm passes.
This is going to be a very long night for Floridians, and those of us who have friends and family down there. I’m hoping everyone comes through this story safely. My prayers are with you all.