05 September 2011

Disaster averted

I've been transfixed by the National Hurricane Center's ongoing updates and forecasts of tropical cyclones.

Unlike most natural disasters, our government gives cities several days' warning before they are struck by a hurricane. Patients in some New York City hospitals were evacuated well before Hurricane Irene arrived, avoiding the harrowing scene grippingly recounted by ER physician Kevin Kitka, who was working in a Joplin, Mo. hospital when a large tornado hit.