Looks like he actually joined in 2010, so maybe he does read more and post less??
He may be bitter due to the missed flight and all, but it shouldn't erase the validity of one of his points...desensitizing of the public after many "cry wolf" situations. A coworker of mine who telecommutes from the area evacuated as requested on Tuesday at 12 noon. After seeing some irresponsible social media posts AND official media dubbing this the "storm of a lifetime," they decided to move even farther inland. I urged them to follow the NHC and their recommendations rather than watch the sensational news stories. And from the fact that a normal 4 hour trip took them 10 hours, I'm guessing many others did the same. If they go back home next week after losing time from work and spending money on a one week hotel stay only to find nothing happened, they'll be more hesitant to act the next time. I have family living in Beaufort that began packing as soon as the governor ordered their evacuation. They got on the road early to beat the traffic only to find out that the evacuation was cancelled the next morning. They then had to immediately turn around to get back to work. I wonder if they'll hesitate the next time an evacuation order is issued.
Most of us posting on this forum understand the difficulties in forecasting this stuff and know that when "storm of a lifetime" was thrown around on Tuesday, that it could very well be that or not. The general public is too trusting of the media who frequently leave out pertinent info so that the viewer will draw the most sensational conclusion.
As the population of these coastlines continues to increase, it makes the decisions even harder for authorities. Our current technology doesn't allow us to pinpoint with confidence until about 24-36 hours out, but with the population increasing, that isn't enough time to get everyone out of harm's way. We're between a rock and a hard place and the sensationalizing media rarely helps.