New Yorkers woke up this morning to a hellish commute and the prospect of picking up the pieces after a weekend off which has cost the economy an estimated $45billion.
On the positive side, as the New York Times noted Sunday, the hurricane “ended up falling far short of the historic disaster that many people had feared.” We should be so grateful that Manhattan escaped the worst as hundreds of thousands fled what turned out to be more of a heavy thunder storm than a devastating hurricane.
We should never take warnings on the light side, since hurricanes are serious business. They have the capacity to cause billions of dollars in damage and kill hundreds or thousands of people. Moreover, it is very unusual for a hurricane to hit America’s north-east, where around one sixth of Americans live and a quarter of the country’s economic output is produced. An unusual, potentially disastrous event that was certain to affect millions of Americans and put billions of dollars of property at risk.
Lost of people have complain of over extensive media coverage, but it was not overly done, thanks to all the news coverage people were more aware and better prepare to deal with the hit.
Just because Irene wasn’t the disaster that some Americans feared doesn’t mean it wasn’t important to cover it.
Positive thoughts and energy to all Americans after Hurricane Irene, may they all be protected, and their homes and property remain undamaged. .