All we can do from afar is wish the best for our fellow Americans in Florida and along the East Coast, the projected path of Hurricane Michael.

As Michael approaches our shores with an expected landfall projected for Wednesday long the Florida panhandle.

As of Monday, forecasters were worried that the storm could continue to strengthen before it eventually strikes the coast.

We know all too well what Floridians and others are feeling as they watch and wait, hoping for the best and fearing the worst.

It is a helpless feeling to know that a storm is approaching. The people in the path are undoubtedly preparing for a hit, securing their homes and possessions as well as they can and wondering whether they should evacuate.

With Louisiana once again projected to miss this storm, we can also count our blessings even as we hope for the best for Florida and an East Coast that was already drenched by Florence last month. Many of the people in that region of the country are still reeling from the effects of the flooding that went along with the earlier storm. The last thing they need is even more rain.

The best thing that could happen would be for Michael to simply dissipate or just to weaken significantly so that it poses less of a threat to people and property. And perhaps that will happen. We have seen storms many times that have defied the experts’ predictions and run their own course.

And let us all hope that is exactly what happens this time. We might be out of harm’s way for this storm, but we certainly can empathize with anyone who might be affected by it.

In the meantime, with yet another storm appearing to spare us from its worst, we must continue to guard against growing complacent. We have enjoyed incredibly good luck in recent years, but luck is all it was. Any one of these storms, with different conditions, could have posed a serious threat to coastal Louisiana.

We still have nearly two months left in this year’s hurricane season, and that time will once again be tense. We know by now that a storm can develop and threaten us fairly quickly. Please do what you can to prepare now, while we continue to send our best thoughts to the eastern part of the Gulf Coast.

 

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