Actually, I think mosquitos are worse than coffee flies and a bottle of gas and box of matches harder to find here when you need them.
However, the big difference I am noticing is that in the USA we have not only to deal with these inconvenient things but endure political opportunism from all sides of the spectrum.
Politicians and local officials demonstrating how organized and on the job they are. So well versed in dos and don'ts of natural disasters post Katrina and mistakes more recently underestimating snow storms. I am imagining they are now giving themselves high marks for, in my opinion, over managing the entire thing.
Back in Boquete, we get a good shaking from earthquakes often. We see inches of rain coming down in a matter of hours many days of the rainy season. Our rivers do flood as well and sometimes they move. The power cuts are horrible, frequent and for some last for days. These things are dangerous and inconvenient.
At least in Boquete, Panama........ we can get on cooking dinner by candlelight and dodging flooding rivers in private.
Yes, we did have some bad weather but I think the pudding was over-egged. It did affect a lot of people - that is really the most significant fact.
In our area, we did have power cuts, trees blocking roads and flooding. We are prone to flooding here on the Delaware and get it a lot, this was just another trigger. Power cuts here are more frequent than they should be because all the power lines are strung above the street. We loose more trees in ice storms.