The 'unfriendlies' know all to well where our assets are at and I think they took Rahm's advice and 'did not let a good crisis go to waste'.
Hurricane Florence is doing more than just smashing and flooding North and South Carolina; it has caused a rather large HOLE in the national defenses of the continental United States.
Not only has our Navy had to Sortie all vessels out of Norfolk / Hampton Roads Virginia, but numerous Military bases throughout North and South Carolina are effectively paralyzed!
These are the affected military facilities so far:
Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC - 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army
Camp Lejeune, United States Marine Corps
Cherry Point, United States Marine Corps Air Station
New River Air Station
Pope Air Force Base, United States Air Force
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, United States Air Force
Air Facility Charleston - Air Force
Joint Base Charleston - Air Force
Shaw Air Force Base - Air Force
McEntire Joint National Guard Base - Air Force
Fort Jackson - Army
Air Facility Charleston - Coast Guard
AIRSTA Charleston - Coast Guard
MCAS Beaufort - Marines
MCRD Parris Island - Marines
Naval Weapons Station Charleston - Navy
USNH Beaufort - Navy
While the severest winds of Hurricane Florence have died down to Tropical Storm Force (around 45 MPH) there is presently TORRENTIAL RAIN, with rainfall totals OVER 50 INCHES in some areas.
Flooding is becoming so widespread, that several Dams have already failed.
Inland flooding from Rivers is already taking place and so many rivers are expected to flood -- so badly -- the state is already issuing mandatory evacuation orders for folks who live "within one mile of the banks of "x" River."
To drive home the point about how dangerous it will be for folks to remain in these areas, local Mayors have begun telling people "If you choose to stay, please notify your next of kin."
So we now have a situation where two entire states on our eastern seaboard are being wrecked by natural disaster, over a million people are without electricity, and in the process of this disaster, a very considerable number of our Military installations are either evacuated, crippled, or otherwise unable to defend us.