Thursday, August 23, 2007

Last of Dean

Hurricane Dean finally ran its course, and much to the relief of people on the Yucatan Peninsula, the storm made landfall in a sparsely populated area. Even then, damage was relatively minimal given the hurricane's strength as it reached land.

The morning after landfall, I checked weather reports for Cancun, and they were already reporting sun. The photograph above shows a scene from Cancun immediately after the storm. In fact, Dean affected them like a heavy rain, and then simply passed. Damage was almost non-existent; a little sand washed up onto the streets and a handful of trees fell. Otherwise, Cancun is open for business.

My family is back to feeling excitement over our upcoming trip.


I read in the news this morning, something like 10 or 12 people died on mainland Mexico after Hurrican Dean made landfall a second time. I can't imagine the grief the families must feel at this moment. I prayed for the storm to spare my vacation, but someone prayed for the storm to spare their lives, or the lives of their loved ones. The inequity of human suffering is staggering and profoundly humbling. Maybe that's why we're always taught to simply give everything over to the will of the Higher Power. Who among us can decide the best course for world events to take?

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