Is this the year? Will 2016 be the year when someone from a TV crew dies or is seriously injured covering a hurricane?
My blood boils as I see reporters in windbreakers standing by the roiling surf, telling everyone how dangerous it is… where they’re standing… in a windbreaker. It makes it tougher to sell caution when TV highlights people taking irresponsible risks. Matthew is not a Disney attraction!
Over the years I’ve spoken to lots of people who stayed after mandatory evacuation orders were given. Not one said they wanted to do it again.
The force of wind changes exponentially with speed. A wind of 70 mph has four times the force as a 35 mph wind. Matthew’s top gusts will deliver 15 or more times the force of that 35 mph wind! The upper floors of high rise buildings on-the-beach will feel even more!
Persistent wind from the east will be drive water inland north of the storm’s center. Some barrier islands will be overwashed by flooding tides. Historically, flooding is America’s biggest threat from hurricanes and other tropical systems.
At this point it’s tough to believe anyone doesn’t know what’s coming. This storm has been well forecast and the warnings well publicized. Some people just aren’t as smart as they think they are.