While we brace for the arrival of Hurricane Irene here in Brooklyn Heights, one meteorologist is calling it “Hype-a-cane 2011.” Paul Douglas, writing for the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Category 1 Irene is no Katrina, which was a Category 5 storm before it hit land.
Star Tribune: Everyone wants to err on the side of caution and keeping people safe. I get that. But some of the stuff I heard Friday night on the national media made me a little crazy. An 8-12 ft. storm surge at New York Harbor? Not even close. “Storm of the Century?” Nope. The result? “Weather “experts” are crying wolf!” Apathy sets in, which could be tragic the next time a (real) monster-storm churns up the East Coast.
And can we stop with the reporters on the beach, reminding us that it’s windy? They urge viewers to evacuate, yet there they are, clinging to light poles, incoherent above the wailing winds.
Any hurricane is a big deal, but Irene hits Long Island today as a Category 1 storm, capable of a 2-4 foot storm surge in New York Harbor. Expect lowland flooding, but this will NOT be the “Big One”.
He may be right, but we don’t think that means you should be ignoring the advice of public officials to evacuate and/or stay indoors until Irene passes over.
According to the Weather Channel’s latest hour-by-hour forecast, winds in our zip code (11201) are projected to peak at about 46 MPH over the next 24 hours. Not hearing that info from the 24/7 local TV coverage.