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Old 08-29-2011, 09:49 AM   #15
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You may be right if your talking about the outer banks of the Carolina's where it first made landfall but the storms intensity was well known by the time it reached New York.
And if you have never been to the outer banks you sure wouldn't want to be on that thin strip of sand during even a cat 1 storm.
A lot of us here in Hampton roads area of Virginia lost power. But our house Had elec but our son, mother (78) who live about 15 miles part did not have power and as of this morning it's been 44 hours. And it's no Katrina but than again we don't live in a city that is lower than the ocean.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:54 AM   #16
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In New York it was a dress rehearsal for things to come should they get a real hurricane in the future and they will get a real ''blow'' sometime in the future. In North Carolina on the outer banks and along our sea shore it was an aggravating little storm that cost us some tourist money and re arranged our Outer Banks for the ''jillionth'' time. Such is life along our coast and we have lived thru this many times before and we will live thru it again. The real problem is when a hurricane makes landfall in places where they dont usually ''make land fall'' like in New York, the Jersey shore and the upper coastal regions that are not use to these storms and they got people and buildings stacked to the sky. If and when we get a category four hitting land above MD, you better hold on to your drawers because the ''ship is gonna hit the sand'' in a BIG WAY and it will happen someday.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:58 AM   #17
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So the media is upset that thousands did not die and they feel they were rooked out of a good story. Woopty doo.

Better to be prepared and not need it then don't and die.
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Was Irene overblown?
No.

She underblew.

Like all Great Jokesters, Mother Nature doesn't like to have her Punch Lines given away...
What merriment it must give her to watch us scuttle around preparing for the worst as if we can actually know her intentions!

The joke's on us, as usual.

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So the media is upset that thousands did not die and they feel they were rooked out of a good story. Woopty doo.

Better to be prepared and not need it then don't and die.
Would over hyping a storm in the future, or any event for that matter, cause the population to not take future warnings seriously?
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Let's see:
I-287 collapsed and is closed.
We lost power for 12 hours but hooked the refrig and freezer to the MH genset so we were OK.
In-laws live 3 miles away and have been without power for 30 hours now.
Some NJ rivers won't crest until later today or tomorrow.
One river, the Millstone, rose from 3 feet to 22 feet in 12 hours
Over 10 inches of rain fell during the storm.

Overblown? Not by a long shot.
Do we, as intelligent human beings have to be frightened into doing the right thing or can we react appropriately given the simple facts as they exists?
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The media over blows everything.
True...anything for an audience and ratings.
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The problem with the weather is it cannot be forecasted with 100% accuracy. If the path of the hurricane had deviated by just one degree from what was forecasted, it would have been affected by several hundred miles. This also would have affected the intensity of the storm. Fortunately, the storm wasn't as bad as forecasted. People were wise to prepare for the worst Irene could have dished out.

Instead of carping about the storm being "overblown," people should be grateful it wasn't any worse than it was and that proper precautions had been taken by governments and the populace to minimize damage and loss of life had the storm been worse.

Btw, George Will is an idiot.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:33 AM   #23
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The news media is there for its sponsors so the media can make money. The news is not for you. The news media has ONE objective,,,, to get you, the viewer to watch one more commercial, and then just one more and one more and one more,,,,so on.

The news media primary business is to make money. Just like, a Technology company's primary business is to make money, and if the technology makes them money, great, if if does not, trash it. Car manufactures are in business to make money not cars.

You could tell the media was blowing up the hurricane of the century. Massive destruction, billions of dollars lost, doom's day event, etc etc. They milked it for all they could get so you would stay tuned to watch another commercial.

It's sad when the real thing hits and people are tired of cry wolf and don't listen.
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Now that the damage reports are coming out, it appears Irene did do more damage that originally thought. Even though the winds were not as high as expected, flood damage is very high and the flooding is far from being over. I just heard on the news that Vermont is experiencing the worst flooding since 1926.
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Now that the damage reports are coming out, it appears Irene did do more damage that originally thought. Even though the winds were not as high as expected, flood damage is very high and the flooding is far from being over. I just heard on the news that Vermont is experiencing the worst flooding since 1926.
The ground was saturated to begin with in the northeast where flooding was expected.
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The problem with the weather is it cannot be forecasted with 100% accuracy. If the path of the hurricane had deviated by just one degree from what was forecasted, it would have been affected by several hundred miles. This also would have affected the intensity of the storm. Fortunately, the storm wasn't as bad as forecasted. People were wise to prepare for the worst Irene could have dished out.

Instead of carping about the storm being "overblown," people should be grateful it wasn't any worse than it was and that proper precautions had been taken by governments and the populace to minimize damage and loss of life had the storm been worse.

Btw, George Will is an idiot.
The media was reporting the storm would come ashore as a CAT 2 when weather data indicated only a CAT 1 so would over hyping a storm in the future, or any event for that matter, cause the population to not take future warnings seriously?
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Do we, as intelligent human beings have to be frightened into doing the right thing or can we react appropriately given the simple facts as they exists?
Not intelligent human beings perhaps. Unfortunately, a good chunk of our population doesn't meet that criteria.
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