America’s being hit on all sides this weekend.
While the country celebrates the Fourth of July, three major catastrophes are threatening the nation on all coasts. While two of the catastrophes are “natural disasters” one is manmade and all could have disastrous repercussions. As Toby Keith writes in his new song, “Happy Birthday America (Whatever’s Left of You)”.
The East Coast
Florida, which is still reeling from the Surfside condo collapse, is set to be hit by Tropical Storm Elsa on Sunday and Monday. It has already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and is said to be gaining strength. Rescue teams for the Surfside complex have already been called off and the state has already asked FEMA for more help ahead of the storm.
Meanwhile, the Northeast is set to be hit with yet another heatwave and storms Sunday and Monday – leaving New Yorkers crossing their fingers the power won’t go out.
The West Coast
An unprecedented heatwave and a scorching drought have been pushing rattlesnakes, bears and other wild animals deeper into residential areas of California. It is so bad along the California and Oregon state line that, according to the AP, “toxic algae is blooming in the (Klamath) basin’s main lake a month earlier than normal, and two national wildlife refuges that are a linchpin for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway are drying out. … The activity has exposed acres of arid, cracked landscape that likely hasn’t been above water for thousands of years.”
The alarmingly low levels of groundwater and rain are spelling doom for the state’s “Fire Season” this summer and fall.
The Gulf of Mexico
If you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, guess what? The ocean is on fire! The bright orange fire west of the Yucatan Peninsula was sparked by a leak from an underwater pipeline, according to Mexican state oil company Pemex. While the fire has been snuffed out, it is sure to have long-term implications for a fragile system still reeling from the 2010 gulf oil spill, especially for the fishing industries.