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Hurricane Dorian may have dissipated by now, but millions of people are still feeling the effects of its aftermath, especially people of the Bahamas, where Dorian killed 50 and left rampant destruction in its wake. Thousands still remain missing.

Bahamian refugees fleeing the destruction were forced to exit a boat heading to the United States this past weekend, after a sudden rule change demanded that they have visas in order to travel to the U.S. Because people of the Bahamas are our neighbors, an I.D. and a copy of their police record has been sufficient documentation for years.

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As Hurricane Dorian approached the continental United States, a Sunday morning tweet from President Donald Trump spurred confusion and concern.

The President said that Alabama would "most likely" be hit by the hurricane.

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Members of the New York Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One help evacuate people from their homes on September 18, 2018 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Cape Fear river has reached its crest due to rains caused by Hurricane Florence which inundated the area with rain that caused concern for large scale flooding in the North Carolina and South Carolina area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Rebuilding after Hurricane Michael could cost upwards of $4.5 billion. That’s nothing: Hurricane Florence is estimated to cost $50 billion. Hurricane Harvey cost $125 billion. In 2017, 16 separate weather events in the U.S., three of which were the costliest storms on record, cost a cumulative $306.2 billion. Who pays? We all do, in the form of tax dollars and higher insurance premiums. As climate change accelerates and sea levels rise, those costs will only continue to break records and weigh upon society.

Some people are questioning the sense of pouring billions into rebuilding efforts in zones that will be targeted again, or that are predicted to be underwater entirely as climate change advances. The Union of Concerned Scientists calculates that 300,000 coastal homes are located in areas that will experience chronic flooding or be underwater in the next 25 years.

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after an official signing ceremony in the Oval Office on October 10, 2018. (C-SPAN/YouTube)

On Wednesday, while speaking with reporters in the Oval Office about Hurricane Michael—with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA head Brock Long in attendance—President Donald Trump was asked about his rally in Erie, Pennsylvania scheduled for Wednesday night.

At the time, Trump said no decision had been made about his second rally in two nights. Tuesday night, Trump held a rally in Iowa.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office September 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump likes Twitter. The social media tool is so entwined with the 45th President that both Reddit and the website Trump Twitter Archive track certain aspects of the President's tweets.

Both sites feature the premise that there is always a Trump tweet to relate to any current event or presidential tweet.

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office about the lessons learned from Puerto Rico. (CNN/YouTube)

When asked to assess the presidency of George W. Bush, most cite his response to Hurricane Katrina as a low point. Bush himself admitted he regrets some of the decisions made.

When assessing the presidency of Donald Trump, most cite his own errors in regard to Hurricane Maria and the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Scandals and missteps plagued the Trump administration in the wake of the deadly storm.

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MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Brock Long, FEMA's director, speaks to the media during a visit to the National Hurricane Center on May 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Long urged people to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season that officially begins on June 1, 2018 and ends on November 30th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA has released its long-awaited report into its failures during the 2017 season. To its credit, FEMA acknowledges how it failed (and continues to fail) Puerto Rico. But FEMA administrator Brock Long also shifted some of the blame to the catastrophe’s victims.

“The 2017 hurricane season showed that all levels of government — and individual families — need to be much better prepared with their own supplies,” he said. “Particularly in remote or insular areas where commodities take longer to deliver.”

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