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Hurricane Irene Hysteria in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and NYC

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The Omelette Friday August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene Hysteria in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and NYC

The hype over Hurricane Irene is causing mass hysteria throughout the Northeast. Cities like Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston are expected to be in Hurricane Irene's path. Weather forecasters are predicting this to be the worst Northeast hurricane in decades.

In fact, Atlantic City Casinos will be closed for just the third time in 33 years! Despite that, there are many beach-goers who are still hanging out even today.

While there is no doubt Hurricane Irene is a serious storm to reckon with, there seems to be just a little fear-mongering going on. On the 11:00 news, the reporters were saying that folks from NASA said the image of the hurricane looked "scary" and that it could level beaches, put Manhattan in shambles, and render the Northeastern corridor of the United States - FUBAR.

As with any major weather event, the media hypes it up. And, while it's necessary to err on the side of caution - let's not start making plans to move to the Midwest just yet.

If you're west of Philadelphia, expect a lot of rain and wind Sunday, but don't make plans to get into a raft and escape your flooded homes just yet. The worst of the storm is expected to affect the shoreline.

Southern New Jersey citizens have something to really worry about as they endured record rainfalls in August. Added to that, people along the Jersey coast and New York City could be in for a doozy. If you're in the Pottstown/Reading area - Saturday night / Sunday will be nasty, but certainly not the second coming of Hurricane Agnes.

The best thing is to be prepared, but not to let the doomsayers on the news get into our heads too much. It seems like the line of journalism is crossed whenever a major weather event pops up.

And, that duty to report the news becomes a duty to cause mass panic in hopes of increasing ratings and getting people to go out and spend money on goods.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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