Originally Posted by Marge
Wow, I mean I could tell that the meteorologists were really concerned this time, I mean one guy looked freaked out. Damn, and then I heard a tape of some woman who stayed cause they "Always scare us with these warnings" but this one sounds true, I hope that woman lives.
I feel sick to my stomach and I live in CA!
Well, this is one of those once in a life time events. Forecasting these things is never easy. It is a damned if you do and damned if you don't type of thing. If the forecasters say it isn't going to be so bad and everyone stays, they, the forecasters will get blamed if it turns out to be a disaster. However, if they tell everyone, this is going to be really really bad and as in this case, you evacuate close to 1/2 million people and nothing happens, you just cost the city and many people lots of money and disrupted their lives for nothing. It is a delicate balancing act, because just a slight shift in movement can change everything. It seems to me, that the woman who stated that "they always scare us with these warnings", never saw the damage from powerful hurricanes like Andrew. Word of note, Katrina has a lower central pressure than Andrew did, which means it is even stronger than Andrew and it is much larger as well. We all know what Andrew did. May God be with the people who did not listen to the warnings.