What is worse, the big wind or the unbelievable amount of rain? Together they were a formidable team and the havoc that was wreaked on not only the east coast of our nation but in upstate New England was and still is dreadful. So many homes were ruined, roadways and entire infrastructures are in shambles, and so many people are still without power. My family were lucky this time...we have power in our house, my parents in Pennsylvania are good, my daughter in Vermont had her first day of classes postponed due to major flooding on campus, but all in all we are a little soggier but okay.
Was there too much hype prior to the arrival of Irene? Yes and no...the Governor of NJ and the Mayor of NY were overly cautious and that turned out to be a very good thing. I believe that many lives were indeed saved by the professionals who helped our politicians make the calls that they did. There was, without question no need for the major television stations to constantly air "news" of what was happening. A big portion of what the news anchors had to say just went to show that they don't have a clue and just read from the cards. During a major weather event do we really need people standing by the beach being blown away or showing us that the ticket stand was blown over? Surely we are better than that. I don't see how it is helpful to have a news reporter standing in a foot of water just to show that it is there. I for one would like to see the reporting of big events to be by reliable and accountable people who are smart enough to come in out of the rain. Now this is just my two cents and others might thoroughly enjoy the slapstick humor that comes out of some kids running through the wet roads only to stop and moon those watching, however, I think that the producers of the news shows need to stop trying to copy one another and freshen their ideas of how to deal with situations such as these.
For those who have actually read todays rant...I thank you for bothering. Thank you so much for your concern about our well being. From here on it will be good news and blue skies.