So far, so good. As Hurricane Florence, in all its fierce fury, bears down on the East Coast and, most likely, a wet and windy date with much of Virginia, local governments, businesses, and citizens are quickly but calmly making preparations to weather the storm. Gov. Ralph Northam declared an emergency as soon as it became clear that Virginia was at risk, launching the complicated business of getting ready for the worst. His leadership as the storm approaches has been clear, consistent, and timely — a good omen for the coming challenges.
Schools and rescue squads, firefighters and police officers, electric companies and grocery stores, meteorologists and newspapers all do their part. Our colleagues in The Times-Dispatch newsroom report the latest mutations from the irascible Florence. A community comes together. It’s almost hard to imagine that only a few generations ago, hurricanes arrived with little warning, perhaps only a few words from an old-timer skilled at interpreting the skies. So it’s good to remember those who came before us whose work and ingenuity gave us the tools that will surely save countless lives this week.