Is there a silver lining for hurricane Irene? Probably not much of one for the East coast. They've got over 4 million people without power, a few dozen deaths, and some flooding they've never seen before. But there is a silver for us down here and it's a lot more than dodging another storm.
The East coast is America. It's where everything starts, literally. The East coast is home to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. It's also the home to one of the world's great cities, New York. Plus a slew of other major metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston.
The east coast is Power and Money: the Banking center of America and the world; the New York Stock Exchange; influence; power; money. The East coast is America.
Irene brought a lot of wind and rain with it, no doubt, but was a weak storm by hurricane standards. Getting weaker and weaker the farther north it went. Still, the East coast got crushed, mostly mentally. They're thinking "my God ... this dud, barely a cat 1 at first and then not even that, devastated us! Hurt us badly! Can't imagine a cat 3 or 4 or 5! Gotta listen to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast when they get hit!"
This gives those East coast politicians a real taste of an actual hurricane. And in a weird kind of way, it's a blessing for us. Now our country's leaders know first hand what a hurricane can do. Wind damage. Flooding. Insurance claims. Closed businesses and public transit. Major power outages. The powerful, very influential East coast fully understands what a hurricane can do. What problems it can bring. Which is good news for us in the future when the next storm hits us. And it will.
I don't wish any hurricane or any other natural disaster to hit the east coast. But now that one has, I feel pretty confidant that the nations leadership now has a much better understanding of what a hurricane is and what it can do. For the first time in my life, places like Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and even new York city are bring adversely affected by a hurricane. And that will only help us in the future.
Irene wasn't a powerful hurricane but it sent a powerful message to the movers and shakers of our country.