Oh, I also love how hurricanes in FL are no big deal, but New Orleans hurricanes are billed as Sodom and Gomorrah combined. Gotta love the biblical references by the various people invterviewed. What about smaller towns, which were probably trashed far worse than the city?
Note that I'm not trying to undercut the relative chaos and upset over any area that gets hit by a hurricane. It's probably a nightmare to experience for the first time.
Speaking of which, the eurasian tsunami was mentioned a lot today, which of course has nothing to do with the massive flooding in the South. Still, you can't blame people for making the connections, I guess.
What's next, a batch of mile-long tornadoes to sweep away Las Vegas?
Or, for that matter, Birmingham and Atlanta. That thing's still kickin' fierce as a hurricane, so there's probably more damage reports on the way.
Oh, I found this data collection of eurasian tsunami images and videos. Unlike the hurricane, of which they generally give at least a handful of hours with warning, the tsunami in that region clearly was a total surprise to many, even some locals, who had never witnessed such an event.http://www.nodalpoint.net/tsunami/
Of course, I believe that the added drama from the newscasts in favor of facts probably was due to the intial 'authorities' who billed Katrina as a disaster of "biblical proportions." Drama's good, but it's best reserved from blogs and people who are concerned about others that they know in the area.
Also, I think the potential for the storm as a Class 5, given that the levees and the surrounding New Orleans area only had precautions built for up to Class 3, coupled with the possibility that the storm could have theoretically wiped out the city and killed thousands, probably had something to do with the massive coverage, as opposed to the 'no surprise' consensus when another storm hits Florida.
People in the US went bonkers over the loss of thousands in the attacks on 9/11. Anything that potentially could destroy over hundreds of lives in an area not known for doing so tends to get this kind of attention.