Hurricane Irene killed over 40 people, did millions to billions of dollars in damage and left millions without power for over a week.
I live on the east coast, right on the coast, and battened down in anticipation of getting whacked. Well that day never came because the storm missed us.
The local and national news channels continued to spout out information that devastation was on the way even though NOAA kept telling me the storm was downgraded to a tropical storm. I’ve had 75 mile an hour winds here and that’s not devastation. But it definitely means you need to remove anything from your porches and yard that can be flung through a glass window.
Anyway, in the days after the event many people locally complained to me that the media exaggerates things and in the future they will not pay any attention to the boy who cried wolf.
I repeat: Hurricane Irene killed over 40 people, did millions to billions in damage and left millions without power for over a week. While the media definitely sensationalizes things it is better to be over prepared than underprepared. Further it is even better to get the FACTs from NOAA and get a local perspective with a grain of salt when watching what’s going on in the news.
The Red Cross along with NOAA have great tips on how to prepare.