I know it's best to be prepared. I do. But once again the media sensationalized the story of a storm and whipped the public up into a frenzy - for nothing. Well, I guess not for NOTHING. We did get the storm this time. But Tropical Storm Edouard turned out to be a dud. The eye made landfall just east of here, and with the storm moving west we got a good bit of it. Which included rain and wind. Not bad rain and bad wind, just rain and wind. I think the news people are actually disappointed there are not stories of damage to report on. In an article from Galveston today there was a statement that said - and I quote - "One tree was reportedly damaged." Where I live we never even lost power.
After Hurricane Katrina, people were scared. And when Hurricane Rita came just a few weeks later, it was mayhem. Many many people (including myself) have said they will never again go thru what we went thru with Rita. But every time there's a storm in the Gulf - heck, even out in the Caribbean - the news people start. It happened just a few weeks ago with Dolly. And then, nothing really happens. Eventually the public is going to stop listening when they cry "Wolf!" - and then it may be The Big One. It may even be me that doesn't listen. But I get so sick of the weather experts building it up to be a monumental event, and then we just get a rainy day. cjh has a good question posed on her blog today: "Who can convey information without trying to over-dramatize it?" There needs to be a happy medium. Because one day the wolf really will be there.
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