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Of course Hurricane Ian is on our TVs today (that's what happens in Ohio when your son was a Hurricane Hunter for 17 years)....

Really bad storm - the front side of the storm is at low tide and actually holding back the storm surge a bit....but that will change quickly as the eye passes and the reversed winds will push the water on shore.

I hope any WF members in the Ft Myers/Tampa/anywhere-else-in- Florida areas are either evacuated or in a safe place!

To be 'stars' of social media, some people do dumb things to show off....three young men were 'braving' the storm surge by jumping into the waves and then fighting to gain footing before the waves sucked them out. The comment just below the video said "It is amazing we are not extinct". Yup, true that.
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  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Been following it on the Weather Channel and a few other networks. I get this morbid impression that these reporters "want" it to be really bad (although of course it is) and when they have to say well, it's weakening a bit or not quite so bad they make extra effort to stand out in the midst of it and play up to a huge gust of wind to make it look as dramatic as possible.

    Still, that's news reporting for you these days.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      Been following it on the Weather Channel and a few other networks. I get this morbid impression that these reporters "want" it to be really bad (although of course it is) and when they have to say well, it's weakening a bit or not quite so bad they make extra effort to stand out in the midst of it and play up to a huge gust of wind to make it look as dramatic as possible.

      Still, that's news reporting for you these days.
      These reporters are paid to make stories captivating. So you see reporters standing in deep water, when the water is only a few inches deep around them.

      You see them standing by the tallest snow drift, to make the snow look worse.

      And they will interview people with the very worst stories, asking questions to elicit a moving story.

      And as far as weather predictions, they always assume the worst, and present that as what is expected.

      Decades ago, there were only a few channels with the news. And you got the straight news (or close to it), You never knew the reporter's political leanings, or see their emotional response to a story. And they didn't exaggerate for effect. Why? No competition.

      Now, every channel is on 24 hours a day and there are dozens of places to get your "news" on TV. so you see everyone creating drama where none really exists. You see predictions instead of facts. You see outrage instead of hard news.

      And we eat it up. Whoever feeds our biases, gets our eyeballs.

      Even from the few reporters that I believe, I know that at least 20% of what they say is unsubstantiated exaggeration, or editing of stories to fit a narrative.

      We used to argue about opinions. Now we argue about the fabric of reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    There have been some funny weatherman videos....some are probably spoofs - but good ones....



    https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2...ce-lc-orig.cnn


    https://www.cc.com/video/gyzgup/the-...-shallow-flood
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Saw Mr Magoo today tell everyone to get vaccinated against the Cyclone.

    True this is very bad!

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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    I have relatives that live in the Orlando area. Spoke to my Aunt on Tuesday to see if she was prepared. Told her I would check in during the weekend. Her two daughters live close by, if there is a real issue. However, waiting to see the news later to find out the death tolls.

    One reporter was in front of a house that caught fire due to the storm a few hours earlier. Even the hospitals in some areas had the front doors barricaded to keep the water out of the buildings. Wonder if any members here took a major hit?
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Fort Myers was one of the areas I live in for 6 months while I have been moving around. The danger from all the flooding and destruction now is the alligators are now free to roam in areas that are usually fenced off.

    Then there are pythons and other snakes that are displaced and now able to get into damaged homes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    True but the residents there are used to it. We had two alligators walking down the street in front of my house after Katrina...they weren't looking for people to eat...they were trying to get back to the water. There are those who specialize in wrestling alligators and relocating them.



    What I think of is the awful smell after flooding like that....
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Gossman
    We live in southern Illinois. My step-son works for a tree removal company and got sent down there. They rode it out in Fort Myers. He's never seen a Hurricane before. Feel horrible for those folks.

    Long time ago, I used to chase storms. Once people started getting killed doing it, that was enough for me to quit doing it.

    Don't want to encourage more people to do it.
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