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The Weather services were having us think Earl, is "the storm of the century" that's already down to a Cat 1

I'm all for changing the name of the Weather Channel to the "weather drama channel"

I hear the weather people now saying.. "however, may still increase, well off shore, Oh there are 85 mph winds in the eye!" (which is well off shore and moving NE)

OMG! look out! batten the hatches!! it "may increase" to a Cat 5!
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I turned on the WC for a few minutes yesterday and the wife and I got a good chuckle out of it. They were talking about the bad gusting 40 mph winds and even showed a small street sign shaking in the winds. Almost scared the hell out of us.
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Denise my dear , The pretty weather gal always says: Tomorrow, it can be sunny, cloudy raining, or snowing; it all depends on the weather.

Also, no other profession can still have a job after being wrong so many times.
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lol. I always think its funny to see the weather peeps pee themselves with excitement at the prospect of a storm. I certainly have a healthy respect for storms and their unpredicatable nature but I do wonder about the intelligence of people - read weather media- who absolutely flip out and try to whip people up into a frenzy.

Keep Calm and Carry On.
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They were talking about the bad gusting 40 mph winds and even showed a small street sign shaking in the winds. Almost scared the hell out of us.
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A few winters ago, TWC sent one of their staff to our town to report on the huge snowstorm they had predicted for us.
NO SNOW!!!
The "live" shots had her standing in front of a parking lot snow pile, looking really stupid, almost apologizing for the lack of a horrific storm.
rockDAWG's observation hits it right on the head!!!
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The problem is that they take there measurments at the top of the storm. It may be 150mph at 40,000 ft and a tropical storm at sea level but it's a CAT 5!!!!! Canaveral bouy maxed at 17.5, 120 miles out yesterday. The Stream get bigger than that with a north wind blowing for a couple of days. Waves here in Daytona were supposed to be 15 ft on shore yesterday.... na 4 to 8. I know I was out surfing.
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I think some of you are starting to see what we in Florida have to put
up with every year.

It's the exact reason why so many people do NOT evacuate, and that if
a major storm ever hit Tampa Bay, the death toll would probably be
in the 6 digits. Most of us have gotten so accustomed to "Timmy crying wolf"
that when the 'wolf' comes, we won't believe it.

That's why we have so many, "Hurrican Parties"!
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and all the money spent by local and state governments...could be better saved...it was the biggest un-event for Virginia
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emoney, exactly.

On the Gulf Coast, we got complacent until Katrina. With memories of Katrina so recently etched in our memories, when Rita threatened everyone panicked and people died not because of the storm, but because of the traffic jams, escalation of violence( I saw first hand people getting physical to get the last bit of gasoline at a station)etc.

Then came Ike. People remembered the traffic jams and difficulties caused by the evacuation for Rita and decided to stay put. There are still people from Bolivar and Galveston whose bodies have not been recovered.

Have a healthy respect for the power of these storms, make a plan and prepare but please keep a cool head about you. This is one reason I really get annoyed at the media and their storm feeding frenzy.
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