Since we have had a few severe years of hurricanes back in 2004 and 2005, like 4 hurricanes in 5 weeks just in Fla. Hmmmm and they all hit south, north, and east of Sarasota. Since then the news media goes into over kill with the slightest sign of a storm! They all turn into Chicken Littles! “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Pulease! Even I could tell looking at the radar that the tropical storm was disorganized & wouldn’t grow into a monstrous storm like Katrina or Andrew (1992). I also noticed that both sides of the Florida coast were claiming the storm. Like the weather men were fighting over it, “It’s coming to our area! No! It’s coming to ours!” I couldn’t figure why the weather channels were carrying on the way they were, like a category 10 storm was coming or something! (yes, I know there is no such thing as a category 10, that was for dramatic effect :-) Weather stations ain’t the only drama queen around here ;-) as you all well know by now )
So as I’m watching the weather people loving to hear themselves talk, and wondering why they are making such a big deal out this storm, I ‘hear’ “because it will drive people to the stores to stock up on supplies.” I then asked for some validation of this and I heard “turn on SNN,” our local 24 hr news station. I turn it on and what are they saying as soon as I turn it on? “You need to stock up on batteries, water, have a radio, flash light, canned & dry goods, a generator,” etc Then they go right into another story. As soon as that happened, the glass door on my entertainment center opened. A classic “Muck” sign of validation I was hearing him.
I went to the bank yesterday and sho enuff the grocery store was packed like it was the day before Thanksgiving! I wanted to pick up a few things that I forgot the other day but I wasn’t going to fight the crowds for my Weight Watcher’s English muffins.
They even interrupted regular programming yesterday right before the news to babble on about the same damn thing! Arrrrrg! Are you kidding me with this? I remember having 90 mile an hour gale force winds when we lived in Ireland and it was nothing. No hoopla. We had a storm about a week or so ago with 60 mile an hour winds and no news hoopla. SO I didn’t understand why another storm of 60-70 mile an hour winds was a big deal here. ANNNND I was right! We have yet to get any kind of wind or rain! It’s been cloudy and nice and breezy. :-)
I just think it’s about balance and not going into fear and acting like a category 50 storm is coming when it is only a tropical storm. It’s about being smart about it and acting accordingly, is all I’m saying.
IT’S ALL GOOD!