Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
The problem is that there's a fine line between being overly-cautious and sensationalism. The coverage of Irene was more of the latter than the former.
While being cautious is undoubtedly a good thing, crossing this fine line can impede future warning efforts. It's like the parable of the boy who cried wolf. If a hurricane is overhyped too much, then people see how much it doesn't live up to its hype, the real one might come along one day and people won't listen to the warnings because of all the others that were sensationalized.
Evacuation is not a riskless proposition, especially when dealing with the sick and elderly.
Sure, its no problem getting an able-bodied person out of Brooklyn. An ICU patient is a different thing altogether.
Erring too far on the side of caution can be that...an error.