By James F. Tracy
Updated 10:05AM, Oct. 7
This report is being written at 1:15AM ET on October 7, 2016 from Boca Raton Florida, a point well within the designated “cone” of much-dreaded Hurricane Matthew. At this time government officials and major media suggested the general population not killed from the storm would be wallowing in their destroyed belongings and fighting for cans of baked beans.
— FL Division of Emergency Management (@FLSERT) October 7, 2016
— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) October 7, 2016
These forecasts were given added validity when President Obama declared states of emergencies in Florida and South Carolina. Yet as graphics above and The Weather Channel tweet below suggest, the storm itself was hardly as severe as promoted.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 7, 2016
The author has spent the past two days preparing for this major weather event with those scenarios in mind, to be confronted with what can only be described as a mild-to-moderate tropical storm, characterized with some precipitation and winds not exceeding 40 MPH. That’s it. Despite this government meteorologists and regional and national news have proceeded to make this borderline tropical storm/hurricane into a beast.
This alleged major weather event, used as a rationale by the governors of Florida, the Carolinas and the US President to intimidate millions of citizens into evacuations, must be construed as at least partly fraudulent. There’s simply too great a disparity between the storm’s over-the-top billing from joint government and corporate media sources and its weak overall performance. This is the assessment of someone who lived through Hurricanes Frances and Wilma in 2004 and 2005 respectively, storms markedly below Matthew’s purported Category 4-to-5 strength yet markedly more intense.
As the storm approached, for example, Floridians were warned by Governor Rick Scott that at least several million could lose their electrical power to their homes. In fact, less than one hundred thousand have lost power.
Midnight Power Outage Report. Stay safe and indoors. pic.twitter.com/CRmnPKP2Ng
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 7, 2016
The Weather Channel’s correspondents’ huffy-puff seek to enforce the Matthew bogey, arguing that the “eye’s power wall is” “ever expanding,” yet there’s limited visual evidence of such development.