a reply to: introvert
Have you ever been where the WC screams the eyewall is going to hit? It becomes total pandemonium, gas stations selling out of gas, ice, drinks. Home
Debit & Lowe's selling out of plywood, batteries, and so on. Same snip at all the other stores that have cross over items. Long ass lines everywhere.
People being rude, cutting each other off, every man for himself BS starts setting in, road rage, even armed confrontations can happen...
Then the next day it #s 50 miles north, which might not seem like a lot, but on our penninsula its 'major'. Hell we even shift USDA climate zones
every 50 miles here.
So then it eventually comes and after all that, a lot of people screwing their budgets up for example, and the power doesnt even go out, or not for
more than 12 hours. Then all that stuff is out of stock for days maybe weeks, and some of that stuff people actually need the actually use that stuff
and cant get it. Including gas.
Hurricanes are all about the eyewall as much as they are about the strength, aside from freak locales and flooding instances, and the coastal
floodzone properties of course. And where they (the eyewall) hit yes you should board up, and then get the hell out. We're talking maybe a 20 mile
wide area for about 50 miles inward. For everyone else its fill containers with water, and freeze a cooler full of blocks of ice, and buy beer, and
throw a party.
Instead their fear mongering causes massive upheavel, MILLIONS of people hitting the road in total panic, potentially to their own peril considering
their car might need work before such a trip. People get stranded in tough places for the storm. Or messing up their food budgets for the month after
they splurge spend on crap they didnt need, or set themselves up to miss days of work they actually didnt have to. All sorts of unpredictable,
'unintended' consequences comes from this sort of BS hype machine.
edit on 15-9-2018 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss because: (no reason given)