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.
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,
Car Crashes Kill 40,000 in U.S. Every Year
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?