the next time a major hurricane threatens the Northeast. And it will come.
I live in coastal New Jersey. I rode Irene out with my family in the town of Toms River located roughly 10 miles inland.
Everyone saw the media hype for this storm, but only people living here knew the drastic lengths state officials went to in order to "brace" us for
what was being advertised as the apocalypse. We were told this was to be the storm of the century, and I've even heard one of the Weather Channel
meteorologists say, "it could be another 100 years before a storm of this magnitude hits the northeast." Somehow I doubt that. Northeastern Hurricanes
are rare, but not "once in a hundred years" rare. Especially when you consider how much Irene weakened before it even hit NC.
That's where I have an issue with what went on in the news media AND the supposed "top of their field" experts at the Weather Channel.
Irene weakened massively before slamming into the coast, and what did the brilliant minds at TWC have to say? "Uhh disregard the category of the storm
as it's still a major threat to coastal regions of the NE!"
Almost as if to cover their own backsides from broadcasting the end of the world just a day earlier. Also, does anyone else realize how badly they
botched the forecasting of this storm? When it was approaching NC, it underwent a partial eyewall replacement cycle and weakened. Except the eye only
ever re-emerged for a couple more hours, and it just continued to weaken. I remember the nitwits over there saying the storm had a 1/4 chance to
strengthen to CAT 5 levels and it was "likely to make landfall as a high end category 2 or category 3," even 24 hours before its obvious CAT 1
I'm sorry, our current forecast models are better than that. Anyone could have looked at the radar images and seen the storm was losing strength.
And the crux of the problem will be felt when a REAL hurricane sets its sights on the northeast, approaching as a real CAT2/3 or even more, and the
very same people in the very same areas will scoff at the official reports of doomsday. Not everyone of course, but certainly the most jaded/cynical,
that were already in doubt of Irene. That's when the real loss of life will occur.
The true tragedy is how they focused on the laughable shore impacts while ignoring the massive/devastating flooding that occurred inland, all because
"NYC was at risk of catastrophic flooding." Right.
By the way, I witnessed Irene from a balcony overhang on the front door of my sister's house in Toms River, as I mentioned. I watched the storm with
my fiance and personal storm preparedness kit, consisting of good wine and cigarettes. The "worst" hit us around 2:AM and was relegated to 50-60mph
wind gusts and obviously heavy rain. This is a coastal town in south central NJ, where they were projecting 90mph wind gusts and extensive damage. The
winds never sustained higher than 35-40mphs. And while at times, simply because the nature of an overnight storm in the dark and of supposed hurricane
strength, it was pretty creepy outside, it definitely did not have the aura of the predicted doomsday storm. We never even lost power.
My condolences and "well-wishes" to everyone enduring the river flooding problems, however.
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