Originally Posted by BushyTheBeaver
A real problem with the media in recent (let's say, 10) years...they hype potentially bad weather so much to gain ratings that a lot of people like me simply don't trust them any more. Which leads to complacency that could result in serious **** in the case of truly bad weather.
I live on the ocean. If I had a better arm I could literally hit surf with a stone thrown from my back yard. My guess is even if the worst of worst predictions come true, if you don't live in a low lying flood zone type area on the coast or inland you'll be fine. The wind will be in the 40s to 50s, topple trees and down power lines as it usually does. Depending on where you live and how your foundation is constructed you might get quite a bit of water in your basement. But I've never heard of water in the basement killing anyone.
For those who like to panic, go buy 30 loaves of bread, 50 gallons of milk, and 500 D cell batteries if it makes you feel better. But I don't expect this to be a serious problem for most people.
Thank you. Someone had to say it.
I have immediate family on the Outer Banks in NC, and they don't evacuate or bat an eyelash if it's a Category 2 or less. Category 3, they think about it, and usually stay put. Whatever this doomsday that is coming on Monday is, guarantee you it will be a weak tropical storm, at best. Sure, watch for flooding if you're in a flood zone. Otherwise, BFD. Some wind, some rain. Ooooo! Scary stuff.