Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight –
You can batten the hatches against a storm, but bureaucracy is harder to ride out. Recently, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record made a direct hit on the northern Bahamas and stalled there, destroying nearly half the homes on Great Abaco and Grand Bahamas islands.
Days later, with their homes in ruins and food and water scarce, hundreds of fleeing Bahamians were asked to leave a ferry bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., because they didn’t have a U.S. visa — despite visas not being required in the past. And while U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials blamed the ferry operator, the federal government announced it wouldn’t be extending the Dorian survivors temporary protected status.