In DC, Fox has switched to all day coverage and the other channels were
forecasting damage just shy of the Apocalypse for the entire mid and
north-eastern coastline. Did the recent earthquake scare them into "Killer
Nature" mode? I need my Fox fix of Simpson reruns and NASCAR.
I usually like their business discussions Saturday before noon but have
switched to the Food Channel.
Not just FOX but all the local stations. I'm fully preped but they are
scaring my wife. There should be some perspective.
Devoting 24 by 7 coverage to it seemed a little excessive. We lost power
for 15 hours or so, but no major limbs down and no flooding. That's north
of DC. West of DC was barely touched. We had a record 12" in one day of
very heavy rain and a tornado a few years ago. That was *real* bad weather,
not a media event.
I've asked a few people and I think the over-coverage was mostly a result of
getting caught so flat-footed by a 5.8 earthquake. Sort of like how they
over-estimate the amount that will come in a storm because they
under-estimated the last storm. And got caught flat-footed again.
Our local power company (Wash. DC) came under fire at the Congressional
level (many have part-time homes here) because they had basically stopped
preventatively pruning the right-of-way. They had been trying very hard to
shift that cost to homeowners and local governments ever since deregulation.
Two bad storms with really long recovery times (compared to national
averages) forced them to do a lot of limb cutting recently. It seems to
have paid off. I was back on the grid before the freezer hit 23F.
<<How the hell do you NOT get caught "flat-footed" by an EARTHQUAKE?
Those kinda just pop up out of nowhere without any scientifically
I am not saying they did wrong, just that they were playing catch-up with
the story as it unfolded. Most news bureaus have constantly update obituary
files of famous people to handle unexpected deaths. In the same way news
orgs have what used to be called "morgues" where you can pull up
pre-researched "continuous" sorts of stories like the last blizzard, facts
and figures, who to contact, etc. A 5.8 here on the east coast is SO rare
that they could not help but be flat-footed.
I wasn't implying error, just unpreparedness which they overcompensated for
by making Irene sound like the Four Horsemen of the Porklips were on their
way into town.
It is a media feeding frenzy trying to build a fairly routine small
hurricane into a natinal disaster. Lots of hype, near nothing for
excitement or damages yet. I did see a couple trees...well, saplings
that I could have pushed over by myself shown on the evening news.
They reported a huge death toll so far....all of 4. I'll bet those
On Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:15:00 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
No his parents were idiots for letting him sit by an unprotected
I have hurricane shutters on my windows and we still stay away from
them in a storm.
They are tested to stop a 2x4 coming end on at 90 MPH but there is
going to be bigger things than that flying around.
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