I am not a big fan of live coverage of hurricanes. Sure, it makes for great TV but a lot of it is just plain silly. During Hurricane Irene, did you see the reporter covered in a strange foam on live tv? It turned out to be raw sewage!!!!!
I think live coverage of hurricanes is also too dangerous. Reporters stand out there in the elements telling people not to go outside because of the danger. So I guess that means it's ok for us to be out in it? A little hypocritical perhaps? I also don't like how TV news shows people walking around outside during a storm. They do it for a reason because they know we are going to put them on TV!!!!
During the Hurricane Irene coverage, I shook my head when an anchor told viewers a man died after walking outside his home and a tree limb fell on him. In the next breath, the anchor says "Do you want to be on TV? Take pictures or videos of the storm and send it to us. Wow, I guess the danger isn't real. He was basically saying some are dying but you will be ok.
What also annoys me about live coverage of hurricanes is you really can't get an idea of what is going on until after the storm. One reporter standing out in a small section of the coastline doesn't give you the big picture. Is it really that bad? You won't know until the storm has passed.
I also wish we didn't give hurricanes a category. Some are criticizing the news media and the government for over hyping Hurricane Irene. Earlier in the week, Irene was a category 3 or 4 hurricane. By the time the storm hit New York, it was only a category one. People took that to mean the storm wasn't that bad. A hurricane is a hurricane. It is dangerous no matter what the category is. Let's not forget 41 people have died so far from Hurricane Irene.
I will defend the news media in one regard. It is our job to warn people. We have no idea how bad a storm is going to be. What if we didn't warn people and the storm was really bad? Think of the outrage. I think it is one of those things you are damned if you do, damned if you don't. I'd rather be too cautious and than not cautious at all.