In the span of less than 48 hours, Kentucky was hit with 10 inches of rain.
More rain fell in the days that followed, and the affected communities are still reeling.
Currently, 9,600 customers are without electricity in the Bluegrass State.
More than 600 people are being housed in shelters or state parks.
The death toll sits at 37, while hundreds more are missing.
Making things worse, in the aftermath of the floods this week, residents are now being pummeled by a heat wave.
“It’s going to get really, really hot,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday, “and that is now our new weather challenge. Areas that are devastated, that were still getting power to some places, are going to be dangerously hot.”
These events underscore the pressing state of our climate, as increasingly severe weather-related events become more common by the year.
The disaster in Kentucky is juxtaposed against the McKinney Fire, the most-deadly wildfire of 2022, which has ravaged 88 square miles – and counting – of land in Northern California.
Unfortunately, we are past the point of prevention when it comes to events of this kind. The best course of action now is to make sure our preparedness as a nation is as high as possible.
In a way, early detection has become something of a beacon of hope. While we can’t stop bad weather, we can at least try to limit the damage and loss to life and infrastructure.
One startup in particular has developed meteorological measurement techniques that beat anything currently in use. We recently featured it to New Wave Syndicate members. And you still have time to invest.