Sunday, August 28, 2011

Was Hurricane Irene Overblown?

Well no, it was underblown (forgive my poor grammatical humor) but the authorities that be along the east coast and the National Hurricane Center had no choice to issue the warnings and evacuations that they did. They are getting slammed for that decision right now.

New Haven Connecticut Under Water in 1938

Instead of 9 dead (so far this morning) there could have been more than 700 people dead just like there were in 1938 when a powerful Hurricane hit the same region with no warning - and no evacuations having taken place.  Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people six years ago -- and more would have died if warnings were not issued.

You cannot tell with these storms which way they will turn at the last minute, and if the core of the storm will regenerate over the open ocean or not. The bad thing about Irene is that a real killer storm could arrive at any time during Hurricane season-- and people may decide not to follow warnings for that one.

Better a close call than predictions coming true. 

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with you on this, Eddi, of course they had to call for the evacuations! Anything else would have been total incompetence and a misuse of power.

    To blame them for this decision in hind-sight is just politics or poor journalism, if these people that are now blaming them for making a bad decision where so clever as to know better BEFORE the event they should have said so then. We have no need for their cleverness in hindsight.


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