Skip to comments.Despite hysterical headlines of an “historic” storm: Irene is a Category 1 Hurricane
Posted on 08/27/2011 9:09:40 AM PDT by KeyLargo
Despite hysterical headlines of an historic storm: Irene is a Category 1 Hurricane
By: Liz Berry Saturday August 27, 2011 7:44 am
cross post from IfLizWereQueen The Truth of Irenes Strength? not nearly that of her related headlines for the past two days from the US media.
Here is the latest report from the National Hurricane Center as of 6:03 AM Central Time and the hurricane still has not made landfall on the US shores.
*Note: A Category 1 is the lowest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale before a storm is classified as a tropical storm.
I guess theyll have to dream up another distraction to keep our minds off the jobs that they are not creating, the Keystone Pipeline, and other real issues as these headlines have now proven themselves to be what they are: Hyperboles of the first degree. [On the plus side maybe this is their idea of stimulating the economy as no doubt millions of people went out and purchased items they might not have otherwise bought--water, flashlights, motel rooms inland, etc. Of course this may not have been on the plus side for many of these people as they might not have been able to afford these purchases.]
But the problem and danger with this type of exaggerated and irresponsible reporting is the same as that of the little boy who cried wolf. Maybe next time it really will be a Category 3 hurricane and thousands of people will not heed the warnings.
Addendum [added after publication of post]
This is not like it is the first time that the public have been grossly mislead by false impending apocalyptic warnings from the main stream media. Only a few months ago they were predicting that major portions of the West Coast were going to be consumed by a tsumini, resulting from the Japanese earthquake.
OoOoOhh...Moochie’s gonna be mad that she had to cut her vacay short just for a Cat. 1. ;)
Reminds me of the media induced hysteria over the “bird flu” and other stories they have manufactured in the past. When you have talking heads on TV 24 hours a day, you have to manufacture drivel for them to spout. TV news is all useless bullshit. Casey Anthony 24/7 with commentary from geniuses like Geraldo!
When I was boy, you could put a hurricane on a leash and take it for a walk around the block. Feed it a couple of Florida Keys or a trailer park and it would be through for the summer.
Is that Ray Nagin’s blog?
Would like to know how much she is being paid...IIRC (from a friend) it's an astronomical paycheck and expenses...(His rate would be $300 per hour)
Time to investigate these wages.
Well that’s just stupid. Its because rich people don’t pay enough taxes.
A cat 1 can have sustained winds of 85mph which can do a hell of a lot of damage. One person has already been killed in NC due to a fallen tree. Do not underestimated the damage that can be caused by a cat 1.
WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!
All media realize they can’t let a crisis go to waste. It’s about revenue.
She looks like the local bag lady in that pic
That hardly seems likely from a cat 1 storm.
Look at that poor Somali refugee family leaving everything behind to flee civil war and oppression.
Oh...that’s the President of the US just cutting his vacation short to act like he cares about “common people” getting in the way of a storm?
All the "experts" with the world's fanciest computer models can't even predict what a hurricane will do with very much accuracy, yet they want us to believe they can predict what the temperatures will decades and centuries from now. It's beyond laughable.
>>That hardly seems likely from a cat 1 storm.
It is very likely when the animals that live in a neighborhood attack the power company crews sent to restore the power.
Please...we lost electricity for 10 days in the middle of winter....Upstate NY
“All media realize they cant let a crisis go to waste. Its about revenue.”
Obama and his media will use this storm for blame along with everything else except him for the U.S. recession / depression.
Angry Michelle looks like she’s mad at America again. This is going to cost us.
Middle of winter? How is your comment relevant to a discussion about weather in August?
That hardly seems likely from a cat 1 storm.
When Floyd came through as tropical storm in 1999 we lost electricity for three days because a tree took out a transformer. You just never know what can happen.
It’s possible in remote areas people can lose power for several days even a week. I’m not saying the media hasn’t taken advantage of fear mongering, but, people need to focus. Those of us in the path of this hurricane are not laughing. Trees can come crashing through a house in a split second killing anyone in it’s way. That being said, I am amused by people who make a bee line to the grocery store for food, or batteries or even flashlights, seriously, at this stage of the game people don’t have food stored in their homes, no batteries and I can’t believe people don’t have flashlights. We go thru this every winter here in the Northeast, people running out for bread, water, snowshovels, duh, what happened to the shovel you had last year? I personally think the weather forecasters get a kickback from grocery stores and big box stores!
What’s with MO always baring her chest, back, shoulders and “famously toned arms?” Who wants to look at that? She has passed the age where this is remotely attractive. Yet the older daughter is bundled up like it’s cold.
It is about revenue......the MSM needed a big story so they hyped this.....meantime the economies of all these coastline areas have tanked. Pitiful. So now we are hearing the buzz words “high tide”...still trying to milk it.
Geez, that family never looks happy. Look at the body language of the girls, and the scowl on MaBelle’s face. Must have been pissed that she actually had to travel on the same plane as the Boy King.
Yeah, week long power outages are not uncommen on the eastern seaboard when the wind kicks up hard during hurricanes. Old trees—especially silver maples— with shallow roots and a water logged soil are what causes the problem. the trees come down all over the place and overwhelm the power companies ability to restore power quickly.
Ya know what really irritates me.
The fact that my cousin has been sitting in North Carolina since yesterday getting paid by FEMA. He works for a Michigan tree trimming company.
“One person has already been killed in NC due to a fallen tree.”
And this is significant how?
The U.S. average for deaths from “wind thrown trees” is 1.45 per million people,
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It is not about what cat it is
This is slow moving hurricane. Nyc power lines are mainly in subway tunnels and they will get flooded.
Preparations and warnings arin order.
I was waiting to see the One stand on the south shores of MA with hands raised to quell the oncoming storm’s fury....
One man is dead in NC, there is reason to take this "joke" seriously. The people in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas aren't laughing and neither are the rest of us in the path of this "joke".
I woke up with a tree in my bedroom a few years back.
When an old poplar tree dies, don’t wait to cut it down because they don’t stand for long once they die.
Irene might not even be a hurricane any more. I’ve been looking at wind speeds in the area, and I’m just not seeing hurricane strength winds. Tropical storm, yes, and still very dangerous, but not a hurricane.
And yet, concerned experts were talking about the possibility of Irene becoming a Cat 4 storm just a couple of days ago.
BTW, I watched Key Largo the other day. Great movie!
Most folks around here will never forget it ~ thing rained constantly flooding places that hadn't been flooded since Noah.
Tore out huge steal bridges and made them disappear in the depths of Chesapeake Bay. Scoured new channels for the Potomac. Destroyed houses.
I lived in the top of an apartment building that developed roof leaks! Didn't have enough pots and pans.
A tropical storm can be far worse than a hurricane.
Yah, I was really ticked when my cable t.v. went out!
>>talking about people potentially losing electricity for a week. That hardly seems likely from a cat 1 storm.
Gloria was a Cat 1 when she hit CT in 1985. We were without power for 7 days. Some of my friends in school were without power for 10 days.
Experience suggests your concept of what is possible needs some re-aligning. We got 5 inches of rain not a week ago, and with 5-10 more predicted, even tropical force winds can topple a LOT of trees.
And we are surrounded by trees.
The media keeps trying to induce hysteria.
They invested whole hog in it. They must be disappointed there hasn’t been the devastation they wanted.
The politicians like Bloomberg look like nitwits.
Best guess when it is all said and done, they will have created messes that didn’t need to happen.
So whats new?
Anyone that has watched east coast hurricanes knew that it would be a “tropical storm” by the time it gets to the north..
Fox just showed a few loose shingles on a roof in Va..
There may be a bad rain storm in NYC and Boston but the panic being built up is unforgivable
They all flew home on the same plane?
If you haven't actually went through a hurricane, especially a big (area wise) one, which travelled the type path this one is (I went through Katrina - big and same type path) you have no business poo-pooing folks who take "extreme"easure. If you have lived through one and still mock those who take these "extreme" measures, you're a fool.
I don't believe I implied that such things were absolutely positively impossible and had totally zero chance of ever occurring.
I merely meant to say that the media was hyping the storm.
But I guess you disagree.
And we lost power for 10 days with Hurricane Gustav which barely got national coverage — if any — even though it basically shut down Baton Rouge for most of that time. National Guard were here to “keep the peace”, but it was laughable because the culture here is not like it is in N.O. No lootings or signs of any trouble. People helping each other if there was a need. Very different.
Glad we don’t have your winters, though! :))
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This is a very large storm and it will rain an awful lot on New York City ~ they know the total throughout capacity of all their sewers ~ the expected rainfall is unusual.
Experience disagrees. You can parse it however you like, but most of our state was without power for at least 3 days and much of it 5-7 days. And it was a weak cat 1 when it hit our shores.
Since you don’t have a location in your profile, what does your experience tell you? How many cat 1’s in heavily wooded areas already soggy with rain have you experienced?
We had a guy in my county die of west nile virus the other day. When the disease first appeared you would think it was going to be like “The Stand” with millions dead in the streets.
Turned out that the guy who died the other day was in his 70s and had emphysema.