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We've got smoke from a wildfire up in Canada polluting our air. The sky has been an eerie grey all day long.
I remember how bad October 2016 was in Alabama with the incredible drought and brush fires everywhere. It was a constant haze and smoky smell with smoke plumes going up in the distance every direction you look. That was a first and only for me.
 
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We are quickly approaching the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (8/29/2005). Often, people ask why do we continue to look back at such a tragedy. Reflection is critical to ensure that those mistakes are never made again. I think, singlehandedly, that event has shaped me into the person I am today. It was such a life-altering event for many in South Louisiana and Mississippi, with life before the storm and life after. Things will NEVER be the same as they were before the storm...in some cases that is good and others, not so much. As a 12-year-old when the storm hit, I will never forget leaving, with only 2 or 3 days of clothes in our bags. Packing up our family, pets, and belongings under the assumption that we'd be back in a few days. But, things were different that time. In the following days and weeks, we had family who rode out the storm, that we didn't know if they made it. We ultimately came to find out that they had been rescued by boat, but nearly all of my family, close and extended, had lost everything. Let me tell you, living out of a car for days with a family of 5 and a dog was an experience, one that I will never forget.

To fully appreciate the progress made to this day and to never forget the nearly 2,000 lives lost, we must look back, despite the reluctance of many.
 
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To fully appreciate the progress made to this day and to never forget the nearly 2,000 lives lost, we must look back, despite the reluctance of many.
Not a day our family will ever forget, as my wife's parents lost their home and all belongings in Chalmette. I will never forget telling my wife her childhood home had been destroyed. Because of internet reports, I knew before even her parents did, as they had evacuated to an area north of Baton Rouge to stay with family and had no power.
 
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To fully appreciate the progress made to this day and to never forget the nearly 2,000 lives lost, we must look back, despite the reluctance of many.
Now government agencies in Puerto Rico are saying that as many as 3,000 lives were lost in Hurricane Maria due to crippled infrastructure from the storm that caused many people to get sick and die. If that's the case, that's even worse than Katrina. I can't believe that was possible.
 
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Now government agencies in Puerto Rico are saying that as many as 3,000 lives were lost in Hurricane Maria due to crippled infrastructure from the storm that caused many people to get sick and die. If that's the case, that's even worse than Katrina. I can't believe that was possible.
It truly is horrific. A lot of Maria's deaths were indirect from disease and conditions related to lack of food, water, medical, etc. I also wonder how they have counted those as well. How long after the storm is a death related to Maria?

The majority of deaths in Katrina were direct, from drowning and trauma (I assume from flying/floating debris).
 

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