Over-Hyped #HurricaneFlorence Not as Bad as Predicted. And that was Predictable.
How many times can they call wolf? Why the conspiracy to over play this storm?
September 20, 2018
We were told once again, that it was the storm of the Century. 3 million people were evacuated, down highways whose direction police reversed, to aid the evacuation of entire Counties. Governors grimly warned "first responders will not come and get you. leave now." Comparisons were made with Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans in 2004, and Irma, which forever changed Puerto Rico in 2017.
But the truth was far more pedestrian . Yes, there was rain. And wind. And storm surge, and flooding. 14 people tragically died in allegedly storm related accidents, including an infant. Of course in a large enough group, there will always be deaths.
In contrast, New Orleans was completely inundated in the wake of Katrina; rescuers found almost 1000 bodies in the debris. Puerto Rico's power grid has still not been entirely repaired, one full year after Hurricane Irma.
Reports from the Carolina Coast do indicate some trees down. CBS News says "The historic town of Wilmington NC has been changed forever by the number of fallen trees." They're clearly grasping at straws.
A video making the rounds on social media shows a newsman leaning into the storm, as if the 85 mile an hour winds were about to knock him over. "So dramatic! Dude from the weather channel bracing for his life, as 2 dudes just stroll past. #HurricaneFlorence" tweeted Tony Scar. You can watch it on Jessica Tarlov's Twitter page. https://twitter.com/JessicaTarlov
How many times can they call wolf? Do those who evacuated, feel they were suckered into going? What will happen the next storm?
The Washington Post published an editorial blaming the storm on climate change and President Donald Trump. Now that the hurricane turned into a category 1 tropical storm before it made landfall, will they revise their opinion and issue a retraction?
"With the threat of a major impact in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States becoming evident by September 7, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and the mayor of Washington, D.C. declared a state of emergency. On September 10 and September 11, the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia all issued mandatory evacuation orders for some of their coastal communities, as it is expected that emergency management personnel would be unable to reach people in those areas once the storm arrived." says Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Florence
But by September 15th, today, the truth was far less devastating. The storm simply blew itself out as it made landfall. No newscaster or public official wants to open himself up to criticism that he was complacent in the face of tragedy. "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie," as George W Bush said to the hapless head of FEMA in 2004. Who wants a moniker like that?
"Hurricane Florence is currently a weakening tropical cyclone that recently made landfall in North Carolina," says Wikipedia. Yes, it is. Anyone else ready to hype the next storm? Global warming, anyone? Truly, doth the Emperor have any clothes?