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August 29th, 2011
06:12 PM ET

Hurricane Irene coverage: hype or legit? And Mark Cuban, live on "Piers Morgan Tonight"

Was the Hurricane Irene coverage hype or legitimate? We'll host a debate on a live "Piers Morgan Tonight" – guests include New York City Speaker Christine Quinn, Brian Stelter of the New York Times and Joe Curl of Drudge Report. Also on the show is Newark Mayor Cory Booker and CNN's Chad Myers and Gary Tuchman with the latest from Vermont.

Also on the show is billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, to talk politics, sports and more. LIVE at 9pmET...

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  1. tbone

    legit...rediculous to think anything else..thousonds homeless an doin w/out u do a show hype..peirs ur u good at no like u..

    August 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jorge Mejia

      To the councilwoman who appeared on the show tonight. New York is not the biggest city in the world. Shanghai, China is. New York is 18. Please ask her to get out of her ethnocentric environment

      August 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darly314

      A storm that floods both NC & Vermont (not a tropical storm mecca) is BIG news. We got a strong breeze in sunny, 95 degree weather in North Florida. Irene impacted enough states to warrant media coverage. I saw many vehicles with surfboards taking I-10 (near my home) heading to I-95 in Jax. The surf was up along the east coast down to Sebastian inlet. The size of the storm made it the story it was, and still is.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sasee

      Any form of proactive move rather than reactive is commendable. Weather is obviously the hardest thing to pin point and can change in a second. We were warned up here last week with a storm watch then it turned to storm warnings and then it Goderich, ON. They should be announcing what people should do when the watches come out. Many don't know where to go, or what to do. I'd perfer to take cover and not be affected than to not be warned and be hit hard!

      August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gracie

    I think it is very insensitive to do this show when 35 people have already lost their lives and so many thousands of victims have lost their try telling them that this was hype. We should count our blessings that NY – Manhattan was not affected as anticipated. Kudos to those brave officials who had the guts to do the right thing knowing they would be criticized in either case.

    August 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mary

    I think it's an insult to NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, and disrespectful to the families who lost loved ones during Hurricane Irene, to say or otherwise imply that the warnings, evacuations and any related safety activities were unjustified. There was no "hype" people. The dangerous conditions were very real. The entire country should be praising NYC's mayor and his crew for setting a new standard for disaster safety.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • steve

      Do you show up to a New Year's Eve party the day before ?

      Bloomberg essentially shutdown NYC at 12 pm Saturday , when all of NY knew nothing would be happening till at least very late in the evening, since the eye of the storm was 8 am Sunday.

      Shutting down the system not only cost Billions of dollars to NY businesses , it hindered 70% of NYers, who don't have other means of transportation, from evacuating within a reasonable time frame.

      There were at least 30-40 rain storms during the year that dropped in NYC, which were far greater then the drizzle of Saturday's day. EVERY one of those rainstorms were responsible for traffic deaths, falling tree branch deaths or deaths from simply slipping because the floor was wet .

      Why don't we use the Emergency Signal System every time it rains, so that we can keep everyone home ?

      August 30, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Barkley

        WOW! I guess you don't see what the major flooding did to train lines NYC missed 4" of having all of downtown Wall street being completletly flooded, the Holland Tunnel being flooded Port Jarvis is under water where NJTransit goes NO SIR this was not Hype it was to protect folks and to save lives there is flooding everywhere and people without electricity Long Island got flooded Westchester is under water and who would think Wyndam would flood that is a ski resort. So Steve you are SO VERY WRONG!!!!

        August 30, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jamie

    Just because Hurricane Katrina had over 1800 deaths does not diminish the fact that there are almost 40 people who have lost their lives in this storm. Houses are flooded and travel is disrupted. If they did not announce their warnings and more people had died you'd be doing a show about how they should have warned us better. Which is it? I for one am glad for the warnings. The people without power for weeks are probably glad for the warnings as well. They at least had time to prepare. This is weather. As predictable as it is, it is quite unpredictable.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JGT

    I applaud the consistent, level toned reporting of the potential damage. I greatly respect all the elected officials that made tough decisions to declare evacuations...and call for them forcefully.

    To call the last week a case of media hype is...unprintable.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darly314

      Again, the SIZE & distance she traveled, and the water she dumped is amazing. I cannot remember tropical storm flooding in VERMONT recently.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dr Anne Robey-Graham

    Over hype? How about completing excluding the news that 21 people died in the Phoenix area last week due to the excessive heat. We haven't hit the high numbers of 27 people who died due to Irene, but really, I know you're all in NY, but don't forget everyone out West! The neglect to even add our story to your crawler makes me think that CNN over hyped Hurricane Irene because it was headed to NY.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darly314

      From NC to Canada actually. Vermont ^& NJ got some of the worse; unusual for a tropical storm. In north Florida we have evac routes, shelters & tracking maps available, FREE, in many stores every year. Does VERMONT?

      August 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ted

    I am a doctoral candidate (University of Pittsburgh) studying low intensity, chronic emergencies triggered by hurricanes in the Caribbean; Hurricanes that do not rise to the level of a category three like Irene. The mistake is that we continue to see hurricanes as windstorms. In fact they are windstorms, sea surges, rain and floods and slope failures. They are four-prong threats and this is why it is so difficult to forecast the impact and outcomes. One has to be ob high alert for these kinds of hurricanes they tend to bring heavy and or prolonged rain

    August 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. texas

    Coming from the Gulf Coast of Texas I can say this. Having lived through Hurricane Celia which was only a cat 2 storm. They (govt) has gone above and beyond what they used to. I work in this field. I would rather you cry like a baby, because you payed attention to warnings and got the heck out of dodge, than to have to pick your body up and call your family because you stayed behind. Storm surge and flooding is the #1 killer in a tropical storm. As far as Katrina, the storm was a flood event. The MAN made devices failed, and when you live in a bowl, people die when it fills up.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. WEH

    Hype absolutely! How can you call showing reporters standing in waist high water (when you can clearly see they are standing in the surf) and not call it hype. This is not to under estimate the power of the storm and it's effects on those in it's path but three days of reporter after reporter doing their wind blown clips was just ridiculous. Report the story don't be part of it.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Carol

    Piers, you have to stop saying "hurrican." It's hurricanE!" LOL

    August 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Myra

    There was no HYPE. What there was was erring on the side of caution. NYC handled this matter the way it should always be handled. We have to take care of our citizens first and foremost, even if it means going a little overboard. Kudos to all the authorities involved in making people aware of the impending disaster and making all arrangements to keep us safe. The government agencies should be commended for a job well done. If you still don't think so ask the citizens of upstate NY and the state of Vermont.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. a. della

    All levels of the federal, state and local governments along with media did a fantastic job with this disaster. Most fatalities resulted from people who did not heed warnings. Two bodies were pulled from the Manasquan Inlet today of two young men who "wanted to see the hurricane arrive." They went to a restricted area and were drowned. The ability to prepare for this storm and follow evacuation orders may well have saved many lives. Those who want to poo poo the actions of the gov't are looking more and more foolish as figures of fatalities and destruction keep coming in.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jim Broadway

    Klamath Falls, OR – Piers, was the guy from New York late for work Monday? Poor thing! Keep up with the "OVER HYPE", which it wasn't! Does that individual realize how many more lives would have been lost if not for their timely decision making. Please, Hype It Up CNN!

    August 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Vitor

    wow, I hope news channels and their "hurricane headquarters" made lots of high ratings with their "surviving irene" headlines.
    Just for the record, NY is affected by hurricanes like every year...

    There are only two possible theories for all the hype and such an overreaction by the authorities in regards to a category 1 hurricane...:
    lingering Katrina, now that's a hurricane (cat. 5), and the criticism local and federal governments got for the lack of leadership, preparation and its delayed response to the aftermath.

    Or, it was just a great opportunity for local authorities to get some federal emergency money, "everybody could have been killed, we had to evacuate".

    August 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. sherry martin

    Pierce just watched your comments and the ones from Vermont... let me tell you ... I could have told the people from v ermont on Saturday they should be taking precautions ... what happened to their local weather people ... I live in WNC (Western North Carolina) and I knew what was happening to my relatives in Fayetteville NC 87 miles inland... look at the weather can see what is happening ... you do not need anyone to tell you... give me a break ... are you just hype... we lost a lot in NC ... but not as much as we could have ... we have people smarter than most and not so "this is all hype" give me a break... use another tactic peirce or you are history with me... tired of it... our Gov. did the right thing..I don't remember Vt Gov coming out saying anything!!! post this I will take issue with anyone...NY did the right thing yes they did!!

    August 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Deborah

    As I watched Chad Meyers trying to educate with persistance and intelligence I knew there was something very serious to this hurricane. I understood it after he explained it as well. I have lived in Miami 20 years now. Hurricane Andrew did not hit us directly but a few 25 miles away. It devasted that area. Never was I upset at Don Noe, the weather anchor, for giving us the worst case scenario for all of Miami even though it didn't affect my direct location. We need all the information for all what the hurricane is capable of. It is very easy to Monday morning quarterback and critique the broadcasting of Irene now, but at the time it was essential information. Thank you Chad Meyers.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Brian

    Who is the twit that comented, on the show, that it was better to cover the issues with the "largest city in the world"? They were talking about New York city, the 4th largest city in the world last week, maybe 5th this week. It's no wonder Americans are completely clueless about geography!

    August 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Bill (Florida)

    I just watched Piers Morgan show on Hurricane Hype. It was the worst piece of journalism in terms of balanced reporting. Piers and five other guests basically took on one guy who disagreed with their viewpoint and in short order admonished him for his views. Is this fair journalism or is this show just a front for entertainment? Does not matter which side of the argument you may be on--at least give each side of the argument a fair chance. And we wonder why Americans lose confidence in the media.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Agreed, good points.

      The first mistake is to pretend Piers Morgan is a "journalist".

      The second mistake is to pretend the term "journalist" is not an epithet.

      Piers is better off interviewing "relevant" "celebrities" like Beyonce. Oh wait, that's what he's doing right now...

      August 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Agree !

      The twit never asked Quinn , where do all the Trains and buses go between rush hours .The NY Transit system essentially parks away 2/3 of their transit force every week day for 5-6 hours between rush hours and every weekend . The effect to close at 12 pm Saturday instead of waning it down and closing it at 10 pm Saturday(Like the Staten Island Ferry) , cost NY businesses billions of dollars . There was mere drizzling between those hours , far less rain then 30-40 showers during the year(With no closures). Any reported standing in the middle of any of those showers can make it seem as all hell broke loose, where you can easily find some pockets of flooding after every downpour. The vacation to the Transit workers continued at the expense of Businesses in NY on Sunday , knowing that 50% – 75% of the transit routes were not effected at all.

      Like I said Bloomberg has the most important coaching job in NYC, he essentially thinks the only way to win a Baseball game , is to hit a Home Run or strike out trying.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Vic

    Pierce. You know Michelle Bauchman was joking about God sending the Huricane. It is time you stop your partisian slant. In your interview you did not present what she said in context and allow the New York politician to comment on something he had not even seen. It is awonder you are on the bottom of the cable ratings.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DavidPun

      I don't like Michelle Bachmann, but this comment was about as innocent as it was possible to get. Piers Morgan is an atheist. He doesn't believe in God, so why is he getting so fussed over attributing this statement to God.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. SB

    As a New Yorker who now lives in Miami and has experienced 5 hurricane's I would like to know if New Yorkers would be happier if there had been destruction and lost lives. Weather cannot be determined in advance – hurricanes can turn around and can increase and decrease in strength on a dime. Being spoiled and DEMANDING answers doesn't work with weather!

    August 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Cheryl

    You Americans are amazing! I can't believe you all are having a debate about whether the measures that were taken was about hype! What a set of disconted people you are. Would you have preferred for the storm to have killed hundreds and the damage to be in the millions? then you would be satisfied? Then the debate would have been about the slow response. Obviously this is not everyone, but a small fringe in the society who is always stirring up discontent. But they are loud enough to always create havoc. Let's hear what they are going to blame the president for this time. CNN should not always give a voice to these ridiculous debates. People died in the hurricane. Let's hear about them!!

    August 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. keith nicusanti

    Piers, I've been watching since day one and your'e a great job. I live in Northwest,NJ on the Delaware River in a little town called Harmony. Folks along the river , including myself, watched our houses go under water 3 years in a row. I don't know many places around the country that ever experienced flooding to this extend. For anyone, and I mean anyone, to suggest that these events are over-hyped have never lived through the peril, not to mention the stress that are experienced under these conditions, is both arrogant and ignorant. Kudos to Chad Myers for sticking to his guns.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DavidPun

      keith...I sympathize with you about the multiple floods you have suffered, but at some point you are going to have to ask whether you were given the correct information by the real estate agent about the location the house was built in. The same is also true of places on earthquake faults. We keep trembling at the thought of the next big one hitting San Fran. Well yes of course it will be devastating. But why the hell did they build a city on an active fault line???

      August 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Mark

    I tuned in expecting an analysis of Hurricane Irene's media coverage and all I saw was a carefully constructed defense of the media's hype.

    DO NOT equate media coverage of the storm WITH the storm itself.

    Of course media coverage was hyped. As reported by Howard Kurtz in The Daily Beast article, last April 27th in Tuscaloosa, Alabama 41 people died because they did not heed weather warnings about a storm. Curiously, we heard little if anything about that. Seems like stuff affecting New York or DC gets remarkably more attention, even when it is no longer the focus of a given story. HYPE.

    A big mistake Piers Morgan and Chad Myers make is to equate "journalists" with METEOROLOGISTS. The two are NOT the same. What meteorologists forecasted and what journalists reported were TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. Chad Myers loudly defended reporting on-air tonight making this embarrassing mistake.

    Regardless of what meteoroligists were forecasting, journalists and networks, especially CNN, hyped New York and the coastline ALL WEEKEND.

    I did NOT hear about Vermont and inland flooding until MONDAY MORNING. Surely meteorologists, journalists, and the networks all KNEW the storm had reached Vermont LONG BEFORE Monday morning. Where was that coverage? I guess Vermont is just not cool enough for ratings.

    I guess Jason Carroll and Anderson Cooper look better reporting from Manhattan in tight shirts than talking about a place nobody cares about like Vermont. Right?

    August 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Michelle

    Great show! Let everyone talk 'over hype'. I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Hurricanes are serious and they can have a mind of their own. Lives being saved are more important than anything!

    August 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Hector

    I wished CNN and the rest of the Media would cover the "JOBS" and what is Obama doing about our US economic situation, and ask/interview why after the first two years nothing got done when obama had the full support of the House and Senate?

    Why have these so called experts that Obama has picked failed in outlining a plan? where is the JOB Plan?

    This whole Irene coverage is another "DELAY TACTIC" that the Obama administration has used to hide behind his failed leadership as President.

    While you were on Vacation Mr. President: Unemployment is the US biggest problems you need to solve, There was a Country being taken over, Earthquake, and Hurricane. and you still insisted you and your family needs to be on VACATION!! Mr. President you are not a LEADER but a LEACH spending American Tax Payers Money.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Kiki

    Mark Cuban has made my energy flow. We all need that right now. Thank you for allowing this Piers

    August 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Takhs

      Not Yet!! is right, we truly have been having the staergnst summer weather that I can remember. Soup does sound good though, I love soup in any kind of weather. Fall will be here before we know it!! Kathysue

      November 12, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. DavidPun

    This was obviously a dangerous storm and it is better to err on being overcautious than the opposite, and it has hurt some people. But the fact is that it that in most places it turned out to be a lot less damaging than originally thought, but that was mostly because we were fortunate that it spread out a bit further than the computer models suggested.
    However, no matter what happened, you can guarantee that the media, with CNN leading the pack, will hype the hell out of it, and thats exactly what they did. If you listened to them, we were expecting "a catastrophy of historic proportions" . As usual their coverage consisted of searching out the worst possible conditions they could find and focusing in on that to create the impression that it was like that everywhere, which was totally false. They did the same with the BP oil spill. On one notorious occasion they found isolated patches of oil on some beaches, focused in on those patches so that their cameras did not show the remaining beach, and then manipulted people into thinking that the entire beach was like that.. Was the oil spill bad? Sure. Was it the total catastrophy that Andersoon Cooper and co were trying to portray. Not even close. These guys seem to have lost the understanding of how to report news in a balanced and accurate manner.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Sandipan

    I applaud all of the intelligent meteorologists that worked hard to provide an accurate forcast. They did an amazing job. Never under estimate a hurricane because these storms change often. I did not mind the coverage. They hyped it up in a good way. This was a monster hurricane and should have been taken very seriously.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darly314

      Yes, the size & amount of water, number of states impacted., make this one historic.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Netski

    I think it's really sad how you just can't please everybody. When we were hit by that snowstorm December 26 of last year, people were complaining that the government didn't do enough to prepare for the disaster. Now people a're complaining that there was too much hoopla around hurricane Irene. I don't think the people who lost their loved ones, and their homes would agree that this hurricane was hyped up. If we didn't take the precautions that were taken, many more people would have lost their lives and their property so thank you for all the men and women who put their own life on the life to safeguard us and also to those who took the time and effort to put so many people out of harm's way.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Texas

    We call them CAVE people... Citizens Against Virtually Everything... thats all i have to say...

    August 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Marianne

    Mr. Morgan, You might want to check out the pictures Mark Cuban has on his FaceBook page. Not really appropriate for FaceBook

    Too bad you couldn't ask him why he has to be a pig on FB where children still goto despite not being allowed.
    BTW – excellent job working on the Hurricane; Forewarned is forearmed. Would allthe Hypsters feel better if the entire East Coast was destroyed and thousands of people hurt and killed. I think the hype should begin now for the next one. Because of the many people saying there was too much hype, many of them are not going to be forearmed. Flood insurance should be mandatory for anyone living near a water way or within a specific distance over sea level and if they don't have it they should get no help from the government. Regular insurance should be mandatory to cover wind and rain damage and without it you receive no public assistance. There are many places that only have 100 year flooding; just as happened this weekend in Vermont. I heard many, many times on CNN that flooding would be the biggest problem from this hurricane. Since that is what occurred in many places I do not see where the "hype" comes from. Roads, bridges , people, and houses were washed away. Trees came down on houses, wires, and railways. How bad does it have to be to make these people happy? Where is the thankfulness for what wasn't damaged? I am very thankful a tree missed my house by a few feet when it came down. I am thankful I have no water in my basement. I am thankful my sons, one in Miami, and one in Nassau, Long Island are safe. Thankful mostly that no one I know was hurt and everyone escaped the rath of this storm except for a few hours with no electricity. That's why we have gas grills, and batteries. Thanx to everyone at CNN for a great job. Pllease keep it up. Rather safe than sorry.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Jonathan J Tibbs

    You are 'propperly' an ass ...

    August 30, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jonathan J Tibbs

    Or should I say 'properly' an ass ...

    August 30, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Jodi - Port Charlotte Florida

    2004 Hurricane Charley – ask the residents of Charlotte County that were not to get a dirrect hit if it can be over planned. Charley was expected to go to Tampa. In a short span of minutes the storm took the infamous "jog" and plowed into us. Charley went from a category 2 to a category 4 and went right up Charlotte Harbor. If you ask me – this will be another Andrew, which years later will be declaired a cat 5. As long as there is a threat, it should be taken very seriously. After surviving the eye of Charley, I know I look at hurricanes with a new respect. Every storm, near us, or not, gets my attention...and my fear. I survived the eye of Charley...respect Mother Nature. You are much better to expect the worst and get less – that is a blessing.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Steve

    Bloomberg blew it big time ...He basically closed down NY for business on Saturday(Sunday too, it was beautiful outside) , when there was 30-40 rainstorms during the year that were far greater then the drizzle during the day of Saturday. Closing the transit system at 12 PM cost NY businesses billions of dollars.

    On Friday , it was known that the eye of the storm was at 8 AM Sunday Morning , what does that have to do with the transit system stopping at 12 pm Saturday ? Only his inept cronies(Who failed miserably with the snowstorm and overreached this time )who pushed for the stoppage can advise. The fact that the Staten Island Ferry was able to operate till 10 pm Saturday is further conclusion to the incompetence.

    Anyone stating that they needed time , is full of BS. NYC operates with 1/3 the train and bus force , between the morning(Ends 10 am ) and evening rush hours(ramps up at 4 pm) . Essentially parking 2/3 of the operating force EVERY weekday for 5 or 6 hours .Far less of a time , then the 20 hours he needed to close NY.

    He basically gave every transit worker a vacation, instead of analyzing all routes BEFORE , DURING AND AFTER Irene. Since when was it suppose to be 100% service or 0 % service ...I'm sure 50% of NYers would of been quite happy to make use of their normal route , if it was never effected.

    Being a Mayor is the ultimate coaching job . Bloomberg only believes in throwing the long ball for a TD or punting. 4 more years. less

    August 30, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. luke melton

    Even after all the years we’ve been blessed to have excellent weather prediction available to us, the American public still fails to realize how inexact the science of weather prediction (and earthquake prediction) remains. To protect the public the broadcast meteorological industry has learned to err on the side of safety and often predict somewhat more dire consequences of an event than actually occurs. As recipients of the knowledge and technical expertise provided to us, we ordinary, non-meteorological types need to give weather forecasters a bit of slack and understand that their predictions can always err a bit on the “less severe” or “more severe” side.

    Sincere kudos to Chad Myers and the entire CNN weather team for their consistently excellent coverage of weather and natural calamities; they are a national treasure. I am particularly impressed with Chad’s seemingly encyclopeadic knowledge of natual events, and his ability to explain their causes and effects in a plain language way that we ordinary folks can understand. It’s a rare ability, and I, for one, appreciate it. Same for the terrific crew of meteorologists at the Weather Channel and the National Hurricane Center. We are so fortunate to have such knowledgeable professionals keeping us informed of potential weather problems (not to mention how traveling to cover on-site events affects their personal lives and safety). Thanks to you all.

    Americans also need to reassess their often ill-informed decisions to build their cities, homes, highways, etc. in locations in which natural disasters are known to periodically occur. These include along known geologic fault lines, on the slopes or at the foot of active volcanoes, within the 100-year flood plain of rivers and streams, and right on our Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coastal beaches, where more often than not the naturally-occurring protective sand dunes and anchoring plant materials (sea oats, etc.) are bulldozed so that hotels, expensive homes, and condos can be constructed. (And then the owners of these facilities expect federal and state assistance when storms wash away the beaches, damage their homes, etc.). Although states and municipalities should restrict or forbid construction in many of these vulnerable locales, there is simply too much money backing the unwise development, and few changes are likely to be made. It’s a shame.

    Finally, with all the coverage given to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on the east coast of the U.S., very little has been said about the aftermath of the storm as a Category 2-3 as it raked the Caribbean from the Virgin Islands to the Bahamas. Americans usually have insurance to help them recover, but, in general, the folks living on these islands are much less able to effectively and quickly rebuild their lives following such catastrophic events; they are poor and have few reserve resources (for example, how did Irene affect Haitians, who are still trying to rebuild from the effects of the awful earthquake of 2008?).

    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Kat

    Someone already mentioned this, yes we are all concerned for the people who had to endure the storm, but I will bet my bottom dollar, if the same was out west, or midwest, they're would be not half the coverage, in fact, if it just hit Vermont or NC, which to me seemed to get the worst of it, the coverage would of been much less, its because it was headed towards NY, so over any NY news, really its like the favorite child. I felt bad for the people of Vermont, but it seemed the media didnt get over there till late mon. night. please!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Nani

    The media has nothing truthful to say it's always Hype, hysterical reporting. First I thought it was Fox New only but CNN is catching up on. Where has all the jourlinest gone really?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Mark

    24 hour cable network news today is nothing but burlesque.

    Keep up the hype Piers & Anderson. There's lots of Cialis and Toyotas to sell.

    Armageddon deferred...but an ad sales dream. Right?

    August 31, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
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