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That is completely incorrect. No one knew for sure how and when the storm would turn. Harford County is pretty fucked, it doesn't take more than a degree or two difference for DC to get walloped.
we paid for bloooood
According to the Post, there are still over 100,000 people in the area without power, to say nothing of flood damage or other forms of wind-related damage. Just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean all storm warnings were some type of ratings-boost-hype or otherwise unsubstantiated fear-mongering.
Yeah, my neighbor to the other side had 2 5-story oak trees come down, too. If they had fallen another direction they would have either crushed his house or my meth lab. Will post the pics in the pic thread. Nuts. Both were pretty healthy looking trees.
Nothing happened to my house, so this was completely overrated!!1!1
Harford County =/= Washington DC metro area. There was no forecast whatsoever that the storm would have anywhere near the same power as it had in Havre de Grace by the time it traveled 60 additional miles inland.
Closer to sea = problem.
Many miles inland = quit running around with hair on fire.
Did you miss the part where no one knew for sure how and when the storm would turn and that it doesn't take m ore than a degree or two difference for DC to get walloped?
...is a real issue, but nothing even close to this:
I've got family in NJ who were/are directly impacted. But the wall-to-wall Kent Brockman-esque quality of the reporting in Washington DC was absurd.
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Hurricanes never cause much damage inland
Sweet Jesus. Of course they cause damage inland. That's not even close to the point.
Did you miss the point where it wasn't forecast to be anything other than a tropical storm by the time it reached DC, under any possible model?
DC media / government response to a storm that actually posed problems for people in other parts of the country:
You seem to be the only one arguing that the expectation was that this storm was going to be the End of Days. The rest of us get a bit nervous when we have power outages, flooding and 5-story tall trees crashing around.
Why are you so focused on DC? Last I checked the people in the areas that were flooded and had to be evacuated or had to watch out for falling trees get their news coverage from the same places as those who live in DC.
You're either lying or just completely wrong here.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?
LMAO. Please show me the NOAA forecast that had it otherwise.
Here; I'll wait:
come on guys, only 39 dead. YNCMT laughs at that insignifacnt level of death. Kid must have been a first responder after 9/11 or something
You're more than a complete moron if you think that has anything to do with this thread.
Apparently the AC residents bitched at the last storm warning that the Governor overreacted, so this time their idiot Mayor told everyone to stay put. So because they chose to not react appropriately to this warning, now devastation and both citizens and first responders at-risk where they didn't need to be.
So what is the minimal level of damage that should be expected before it is reasonable for the region to shut down non-essential services? Do you think that the region would have been better off overall if everyone was on the streets and in traffic/office buildings/restaurants yesterday afternoon/evening/night and this morning?
I don't think any of us are even sure what it is that you're arguing. I mean, congrats for living in a place where there's no damage, but I'm one of the very lucky ones and I still have 3 trees down within 10 feet of my property that, if they would have been one of the trees closer to my house, would have caused thousands of dollars of damage, potentially severely injured a member of my family and basically ruined my day. I consider that to be kind of more serious than a "big rainstorm."
Not sure if you're serious, but for future reference I'm pretty sure the affiliates in DC and Bmore broadcast their normal lineups on their secondary digital channels when the main channel has special coverage.
He started a stupid thread hours before the storm really hit. Luckily the storm took one of the most northern paths, limiting the damage to the DC/Baltimore area and he's using that to justify his original point.
I started a thread noting how ridiculous it was for the DC area to freak out about a storm that never posed any sort of threat beyond what we've seen dozens of times w/r/t severe thunderstorms.
There was never anything more than a miniscule chance that DC would see hurricane force winds. Take a look at the historical 3-day tracks. DC never comes anywhere close to the cross-hairs; at worst it barely edges into the cone.
"Luckily" taking the most northern path apparently means adhering to 80% probabilities.
So it had to be worse than the Derecho for it to be considered to be serious?
No. That's not what I'm saying. Of course it was a serious event that merited attention.
But this thing -- at its peak -- wasn't even 1/4 as harmful as the derecho. Nor, if you paid attention to the consensus of NOAA tracking models, was it even likely to approach that level of destruction.
And yet, much of the local coverage was something along the lines of "OMG APOCALYPSE RUN FOR THE HILLS (where it's gonna be a blizzard)." All while DC was the safest spot within hundreds of miles in any direction.
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