My area is currently "under the gun" insofar as a tropical storm is due to blow in. Many of us live in mobile homes and if winds do exceed 50 MPH it could be serious here.
As I've been relaying for years, the balance is off. What's happened in my area is that since late May temperatures by day have NEVER gone under 91-degrees and it's been hot as hell with heat indexes over 100 daily. I have to constantly water plants because it rains once or twice a week, if that. And in this heat, plants need more.
What I've noticed--and this is by no means limited to my area--is that when there is a "rain deficit," our out-of-balance, profoundly stressed out Earth Mother lets loose in torrents. So it's either sink or swim, floods or droughts.
And THAT is becoming the "new norm."
Florida has a state insurance plan for properties the Big Names refuse to cover. And since there's been no major hurricane here for 10+ years, one would think the State Fund is super thick with capital. But Republican Governors, in particular, have a way of using funds for other things by shifting laws around.
The point is: If a large enough weather event hit I would not be at all surprised if my insurance company (that state-run one) would not declare bankruptcy and tell homeowners to take a long walk.
That's the business protocol that makes for hostile take-overs, after all. One chump who knows a banker walks in with a guaranteed loan and buys out the company from its rightful owners, fires the employees, sells off the valuable infrastructure any assets that aren't nailed down, and then declares bankruptcy and walks away.
THAT is the model today.
Power has NO accountability--not in terms of vast sums lost in fighting idiot wars, not in how the loose regulatory framework made for the financial implosion of 2008 and the only "remedy" was to hand the criminals MORE of citizens' assets... add in the way Oil Barons, Frackers, Coal companies ruin nature and peoples' lives and livelihoods and the unbroken chain of impunity glows darkly.