Before the intense storm that has been dubbed Sandy moved through the Northeast, people worked to secure their homes and yards, and stocked up on necessities such as flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, bottled water, non-perishable food items – the list goes on.
Some may even have conducted double or triple duty, as not only are they responsible for their own homes, but they also checked up on the homes of their loved ones, their businesses and even their vehicles and boats. They hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst.
You may call it fear; we call it common sense, as the National Weather Service Sunday reported wind damage and outages more severe than last year’s storm, Irene.
They noted that Sandy had the potential to hit nearly a third of the United States, putting up to 60 million people in danger.
Is it all unnecessary hype? We don’t think so. Do people go a little too far in terms of preparation? Maybe. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
With that said, we find it a bit odd and even a little insensitive that others happily anticipated the storm, noting the wonderment, awe and power of Mother Nature on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
If you are “excited” or “looking forward” to storms, you might want to think again. You might think it’s fun to watch the waves as a storm builds, but others do not. It’s simply not sensible to do so, especially because storm watchers could be harmed. As a result, they put rescuers in harm’s way.
And think of the economy. Natural disasters are costly.
A storm knocking down a tree onto – and into – a home is not something we find riveting. Power outages, the lack of hot water, flooded basements, spoiled food – along with its stench – are not captivating.
Do us a favor and ask yourself if the people of New Orleans, La. thought Hurricane Katrina, the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of 2005, and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, was fascinating or riveting. More than 1,800 people lost their lives during Katrina.
So please, think again, storm chasers.