Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
If you had told me two weeks ago that my next two Hump Day Report columns would be about an earthquake felt in New Jersey and a hurricane, I would have sent you packing to the loony bin.
Instead a lot of residents of the New Jersey coast barrier islands and some inland communities were sent out of town due to the mandatory evacuations brought on by Hurricane Irene.
As a lifelong resident of those same barrier islands, and at the moment calling Somers Point home, hurricane alerts do not panic me. Earthquakes and tornadoes are another story. Those of us who grew up by the shore felt pretty confident that a Category 1 hurricane was not going to be the monster storm trumped up endlessly on the Weather Channel, CNN and Fox News.
There is a reason a Cat 1 storm is not as dangerous as a Cat 2 or 3, no matter what the commentators were saying. It’s the same reason there are different categories — the more wind and bigger gusts from a Cat 2 or 3, the more damage.
Jonathan Storm (and no I didn’t make up the name), TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, agreed with my assessment of the coverage. He felt a phrase like “impending doom” by Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel was the reason he noted: “There was plenty of information, but you had to search for it among the histrionics.”
It is just common sense and the experience of knowing what it feels like to walk down near the beach and check out the storm surf as a hurricane passes by. To someone who grew up in the Midwest, that might sound stupid, but I can recall several times that we had family outings to walk down and check out mother nature’s fury.
The storm was over-hyped but I have no problem with the emergency response and the “better safe than sorry” mentality that had my local Wawa closing on 7:30am on Friday morning. After Katrina, it’s no wonder Gov. Christie was begging the 600 senior citizens who refused to leave Atlantic City to go.