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The category of the storm, how much wind it packs, is not the major cause of fatalities.
It's the floods, the falling trees, etc that kill. Given the population density, and the amount of vulnerable infrastructure of the area affected, I don't believe this was over-hyped. Especially for some of the more northern areas like NY, NJ, Conn, where folks are not accustomed to storm preparation. No one knew where this would hit. It was a slow moving storm, that potentially brings more flooding, and we're seeing some of that now.
There's nothing anyone can do, if a house gets crushed by a tree, or flooded by a surging river...but if there's no one home, because they've been told to evacuate ( in strong terms) we don't have to make dramatic rescues and read about the death toll.
We learned what the results of not evacuating are in Katrina. We can't save the people who decide to go surfing..
I believe it's best to prepare for the worst case scenario.
Last edited by Tempest; 08-29-2011 at 08:42 AM.