August 30, 2011

ENOUGH ALREADY! Tropical storm Katia is the new Irene: Media Has Been Alerted!

Early this morning the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Katia (pronounced KAH-tyah) is strengthening and heading towards the U.S.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 30, 2011 11:21 AM
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OMG, New York might get wet!
1. Stop the trains. seal the tunnels.
2. Mandatory evacuation.

Posted by: GaGator at August 30, 2011 11:49 AM

Why does Africa hate us?

Posted by: chuck at August 30, 2011 12:19 PM

I had to wait an extra half hour in a bar, drinking one more beer than I wanted and needed, while the wind picked up to 25-35 mph or something, and it RAINED KINDA HARD!

Oh, the horror!

But I'm fine now, thanks for asking.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 30, 2011 12:22 PM

Another Hurricane!
Poor Obama. He's hardly had time to rest after the last one. But we know he'll be on the job- right where the president of the United States belongs-
Sweating behind a monitor at Weather Command Central.

All's well folks.


Posted by: jwm at August 30, 2011 1:01 PM

I read somewhere that Katia is likely to turn northward too early, and thus stay out to sea. But what do I know?

Posted by: rickl at August 30, 2011 4:10 PM

For those of you hyping the media hype...

How about if you come down here to help all the people whose homes are flooded throughout the storms path? Come on down here and bring some generators with you because hundreds of thousands of people still have no power. How about airlifting supplies to the people stranded in Vermont, while you're at it. Or fixing up the thousands of houses damaged by wind and falling trees.

NYC is not the center of the universe, and just because they didn't feel any adverse effects from the storm does not at all mean that this was not a very serious, very devastating storm for the millions of us that bore the brunt of it.

Pull your collective heads out of your asses and take a look around.

Posted by: Daniel at August 31, 2011 5:43 AM

What Daniel said...

With the weasely caveat that I think the fine folk here are ridiculing the media's demonstration highlighting the fact that NYC and the various blue coastal enclaves are indeed the center of their known universe.

Best of fortune to those who are dealing with Irene's aftermath. I was among the first Americans to do so - almost a week before the mainland press started pissing themselves in anticipation. Went out in the eye of the "not strengthening" storm that the NWS insisted "had no eye" and 'wasn't likely to hit' us anyways.

The backside of the eyeless not-hurricane gave us a taste of "the howl" anyways. Good practice for my freehold's preps.

Watching TS Katia wind herself up now...Another storm that's not expected to hit anyone of consequence.

Posted by: monkeyfan at August 31, 2011 7:41 AM

It would be beneficial if Katia or any other hurricane could come ashore in Texas and break the drought there

Posted by: Campesino at August 31, 2011 12:27 PM


I do not recall any of you coming down south to help with any of the Hurricanes here. All you folks did (if you even took notice, that is) was wring your hands, whine, piss and moan or make snarky jokes about all those "dumb rednecks" drowning. During Katrina all you folks did your usual whine, piss and moan while the Governor of Texas (yes, that Rick Perry...) and the government and the people of the city of Houston did the major portion of the heavy lifting in the immediate aftermath of Katrina because the Governor of Louisiana was curled up into a fetal position and Nagin ran off to Dallas. At one point during that time Houston had approximately half of the population of the city of New Orleans living there.

I also do not recall any of you coming down to help in the aftermath of Rita, Ike or Allison, either. In fact I bet you do not even know what happened during Allison. Suffice it to say that even though it was only a tropical storm the NHC retired that name-just like they retired the name Katrina. The majority of the reason you don't know is because the state of Texas, the city of Houston and most importantly the people of Houston pulled together and did what needed to be done-they did not sit on their asses and wait for the likes of you to come help them.


There are alot of ground crews up there from Texas right now that are working on getting your power back on. They were sent by the electric companies in Texas because they knew you folks would need the help. I bet your local news media up there has not mentioned that.

As to the rest of you comment all I have to say is that you knew what was coming and neither you or your state and local governments prepared for it properly-either mentally and physically. Hopefully you will have learned from your mistakes and apply those lessons to the next time. The most important lesson you should have learned from all of this is that if you are looking for a helping hand you had best look at the end of your arm and only a fool waits for the government to fix things.

Posted by: Nahanni at September 1, 2011 2:33 AM

You're being a dick, Nahanni.

We sent huge amounts of resources down south after Katrina, even to have a most notable incident involving the Va State Patrol and New Jersey police returning from 8 weeks in NOLA. I even have vacation scheduled to help build houses there this October. And we all know about the electric crews that are up here, just as much as we know about the ones that go down there.

My rant refers to the "Oh, this was nothing" crowd. The people who are now blogging about how the media just hyped this storm and that mandatory evacuations were not necessary because it just "rained a little harder". There are a whole lot of people who are out there saying that Bloomberg and Christie over-reacted, which was far from the truth. Just as stupid as your argument that they did not prepare enough.

Now go back to your basement and piss and whine and moan about your own lot in life. Take a shower, too. You stink.

Posted by: Daniel at September 1, 2011 4:12 AM

For those folks who are living in the aftermath of flooding, loss of power and storm damage, we feel for you. Often such storms do their worst in the countryside that the New Greek Chorus forgets about. Use your blogs - get the info out there.

I'm with Campesino - Texas would like to claim "dibs" on Katia - we will be happy to take it off the country's hands. In our infrastructure & personal rebuilds following Claudette, Rita, Ike and Allison, we learned how to cope, and Texas would welcome the rain an inland-driving storm will bring. We've had a little rain in spots recently, enough to remind us that it CAN still rain, but we could use a whole lot more. A couple of hurricanes would be a good start.

Posted by: Tina at September 1, 2011 4:44 AM

Ah...The 'feel good go build houses in NOLA thang'. Let me guess, you are only going because of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie....

I would be more impressed if you were building houses in Mississippi. Why? Because what you are doing is essentially what you have cursed others for NOT doing. Your original post was about people in Vermont who are not getting the attention that NYC did. You are doing the equivalent of building houses in NYC while not giving a damn about the folks in Vermont who were, in many respects, hit worse then NYC. Also, have you ever volunteered to do anything to help the folks that got hit by Andrew/Rita/Ike etc.? No, I did not think so.

As to what New Jersey or anywhere else did to assist in the aftermath of Katrina it was a drop in the bucket compared to what Texas did. You see, Texas and Texans did not sit on their ass and wait for someone to ask them to help-we just did it. I know this stuff first hand-I spent a month volunteering at the Astrodome and months thereafter donating and volunteering time and resources to help the refugee families. Where were you?


If you truly want to see a sanctimonious, self righteous 'dick' I suggest you go look in the mirror, hun.

Posted by: Nahanni at September 2, 2011 9:39 AM

Daniel and Nahanni need to get married already.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 2, 2011 12:02 PM
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