Slate - I always wondered why with Katrina especially we did not have a helicopter carrier set out from Norfolk or whereever their based on the east coast and ready to get to the spot a big one lands in the gulf. copters are amazing things when there is disaster recovery. We took the jets off of the Lincoln (admittedly a lot bigger than an assault ship) when we sent it to Sumatra for disaster aid. I would have thought we would have been quicker to deploy the Navy.
Along these lines, is the 82d or the 101st in the states now?
Because that's what the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Air National Guard is supposed to be for.
82nd and 101st have not deployed. The National Guard has. Lousiana has 4k guardsmen on standby.
Flooding is going to be bad and it's going to be on a much broader scale than you'd realize. Arkansas and the rest of the midwest have been living in drought the past two months. The crops were stripped down and the ground is hard as a rock. When the rains come, it's going to flood all over. Needed this like a month ago.
But the hurricane won't become more than a CAT 1 and it'll probably be a TS by tomorrow evening