I've lived in southeast FL for 13 years and have gone through Category 2 & 1 hurricanes and a borderline Category 2/3 hurricane.

Category 2 can cause severe damage, Categories 3 & 4 can be disastrous.

With some preparation, Category 1 can be slept through.

Tropical storms can cause inconveniences such as road flooding but not much damage. Isaac has been a tropical storm and a Category 1 . As such it has been overhyped.

I suspect there was a political reason for this.

Jeff Watson writes: 

At the beach, on the Gulf side, even a direct hit from a Cat 1 is frightening, and that's why we have to evacuate even from a 1. Storm surge at high tide is a sight to behold.

Sam Marx comments: 

People who live at the water's edge should be prepared for hurricanes or shouldn't live there at all.

Outside of the water's edge, a Cat 1 hurricane does not do much damage , except, inland, for road flooding and damaging some houses built under the very old building codes.

Isaac became a Cat 1 over water and quickly dropped to a tropical storm over land. It should not have received the excessive media coverage it got.

Tradercraft adds: 

Tell that to the half a million people in New Orleans who are sweltering without air conditioning right now, and their frozen foods spoiling (can be several hundred dollars worth of food), and unlikely to get power back for a week, Entergy announced. Not something one can easily sleep through.

Sam Marx writes: 

I believe there never has been so much media coverage over a Cat 1 hurricane or tropical storm in the past as given to hurricane Isaac.

Gibbons Burke writes:

The fact that it followed a path very similar to that of Katrina, and actually hit New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of that storm had something to do with the attention it received. But the fact that it was early on slated to hit Tampa during the RNC convention certainly got the media's interest in the storm going, and once they get started on something, they often like to beat it to death.

Victor Niederhoffer writes: 

The wisdom of Gann in predicting confusion and uncertainty and volatility during the anniversaries of vivid events is underlined.

Anton Johnson adds: 

Tips for live coverage of minimal hurricanes.

1. Wear loose-fitting rain gear, preferably with an open hood to better accentuate wind gusts.
2. Stand with feet sholder width apart and knees bent. Lean torso and head into the direction of the wind for effect.
3. Use minimal wind-screen on microphone, speak loudly as if straining.
4. Position shot to include a fluttering small diameter palm, and a dilapidated structure with flapping corrugated metal.
5. Adjust light filter for gloomy effect.
6. Cut to animated overly-enhanced color radar during lulls.
7. Pan to blowing fronds, leaves and trash if possible.





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