Good afternoon everyone! The New York area has just endured Hurricane Irene with things not being nearly as bad as we all imagined it could have been. A Category 1 Hurricane came through the East Coast, doing damage in the Virginia/North Carolina area especially. New York was prepared, and as of yet there are no reported casualties because of the storm. Some may say that it was much hoopla about nothing, and that the city and news media may have over-reacted. Let’s just all be glad that things didn’t play out bad, as it could have been much worst. Personally, I have a healthy respect for forces of nature, and don’t take it lightly. With the memory of Hurricane Katrina seared into our collective consciousness, there is little room for a casual attitude in matters of man vs. nature.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend Mayor Bloomberg for showing leadership throughout this whole ordeal. While making the call to shut down the subways and evacuate people may have looked unnecessary, its better to have made such preparations. Nature is unpredictable, and while we will all have a joke or comment about it after the fact, at least we can do so knowing that the city state and federal agencies in this area are equipped to deal with matters.
I do have one more thing to say. I noticed that some of folks were saying that the whole thing was overblown, and that the storm wasn’t all that serious. Seriously, what did y’all want, some Day After Tomorrow type stuff? I am relieved that this thing was underwhelming, cause not all excitement is good. No power loss, still got plenty of food, and everyone I called answered. I have water for about a week, but I don’t regret buying it. LOL. Better to be safe than sorry. Plus, when you see folks buying up all the water, you really don’t wanna take a chance and be the only one without.
What do you think? Did the Mayor and the Governor overreact? Did the news coverage scare the daylights out of people?
Marc W. Polite