What could be worse than a pandemic overwhelming health care systems and causing global economic collapse? Florida knows the answer: a pandemic that rages into hurricane season, which is already on the horizon and causing the Sunshine State to dramatically update its storm preparations.
'COVID is bad, a hurricane is bad. If you combine the two, it is greater than the sum,' said Mr. Bryan Koon, who until 2017 directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and who is currently an independent advisor on emergencies.
'The impact of a hurricane during a COVID environment will be worse than either of them even combined. It will be a multiplier effect, not an additive effect,' he said..
That worst-case scenario is looking increasingly likely.
The US will certainly still be battling the coronavirus by the time the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, even though storms have hit in the past up to two months earlier.
Meteorologists at Colorado University, as well as at Accuweather, are already predicting that this year will see a more active than usual hurricane season, saying that between July and November there could be four major hurricanes sweeping in with winds of more than 110 miles per hour.
'We're preparing for the worst obviously,' said the Florida Governor, Mr. Rick de Santis. 'Hopefully we don't have to deal with a hurricane. But I think we have to assume that we're going to have one.'