On Friday, President Donald Trump did something that some observers may not have seen coming.
As Hawaii found itself squarely in the path of Hurricane Douglas over the weekend, the president issued an early emergency declaration before the storm even made landfall.
The recent past is full of examples of what can happen when red tape holds up emergency funding for states suffering through a natural disaster.
On Friday, it seemed very likely that Hawaii was poised to sustain massive damage from Hurricane Douglas unless the storm had a major shift in its trajectory.
Normally, authorities wait to see what happens in such scenarios, but President Trump wanted to get ahead of the game on this one, and as such, an emergency declaration was issued so that federal resources could be promptly used to supplement local governmental response efforts.
In part, the White House declaration stated, “…FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.”
Hawaiian disaster averted
As it turned out, Hawaii was able to dodge any major destruction from Hurricane Douglas, as the storm ultimately turned away and tracked north.
While Hawaii was still pounded with high winds, rains, and flooding, the damage was nowhere near what it could have been had Hurricane Douglas landed right on top of the island.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chevy Chevalier stated, “Not only did it did it not make landfall, it skirted by the islands,” and according to AccuWeather reports, the storm should be downgraded to a tropical storm soon.
Trouble in Texas
Texas, however, was not so lucky, as tropical storm Hannah landed in South Texas Sunday, crushing the Lone Star State with high winds and heavy rain, according to a CBS News report.
An especially rough hurricane season could indeed prove crippling to the nation in general and a number of Gulf Coast states in particular.
With local economies already struggling from pandemic-related lockdowns, a few serious storms could severely hinder the ability of states such as Texas to achieve a speedy recovery from the shutdown.