I continue to be amazed at the Monday morning quarterbacks who bemoan what they perceive as the overly hyped warnings associated with hurricane Irene. These are, without a doubt, the same folks who would complain the LOUDEST if the damage from the hurricane were greater than anticipated. Pardon me, but when it comes to protecting human life I will always air on the side of caution.
Conversely, kudos to the hard working folks at the National Weather Service, NOAA, and all of the state/local officials (including NJ Governor Christie) who cared more about safety than expediency. In this day and age when too many are quick to point the finger of BLAME at government for all the ills of society, it's important to point out where government plays an essential role.