My friend’s cat is huddled in his box and seems unhappy and wary as she unloads him from her car–piled high with possessions gathered in haste–fleeing the Texas gulf coast in anticipation of hurricane Harvey. Slowly gaining strength and speed, Harvey created preliminary recommendations and mandatory orders to evacuate coastal cities for places farther inland. I immediately think of the great storm that destroyed Galveston in 1900, and the great book by Eric Larson that popularized the story, Issac’s Storm. To those unaffected, evacuation may seem extreme, but even in these modern times mother nature is changeable. Often, storms make rapid changes that can not be predicted. Erik Larson was fascinated by hurricanes, but this story also had other factors that compelled him to…