“Your kids die too.” [YouTube Screenshot]
You’ve probably heard all about Hurricane Matthew by now. After unleashing a huge amount of destruction on Haiti, a country that seems to have the worst luck possible with natural disasters, it made its way to the US. There have been nearly 900 deaths in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew, and it was projected to hit the United States with unprecedented force. Just to give you an idea of how serious the situation was/is, here’s a special report from The Weather Channel.
There’s quite a bit of conversation about that video on Reddit, and one of the best comments I read came from user mkicon, who related his experiences in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina to what’s happening now:
When I lived in New Orleans, I wasn’t going to evacuate for Katrina. I got up that morning to go to work.
I turned on the local news, and an anchor looked directly into the camera and had a similar message. “This is the one we’ve been warned about all our lives.”
See, growing up in New Orleans, you grow up knowing that a bad storm is an eventuality. You grow up hearing that if a strong storm comes up the Mississippi river, New Orleans is fucked. This was going to be that storm? I heard the message loud and clear.
I left New Orleans that day, only to return some time later to confirm that I did lose everything. Everything except for my life.
Stuff is just stuff, but your life is irreplaceable. If you are in the path of Matthew, you CAN afford to leave. What you can’t afford to do is stay.
We now know that Hurricane Matthew didn’t hit Florida as hard as it was expected to, and certainly that’s something to be thankful for… But that doesn’t mean that residents are out of the woods. Obviously a storm of this magnitude is going to cause plenty of damage and potentially catastrophic loss of life. While a handful of lives have been lost in the US, so far I think it’s considerably lower than what was expected.
It seems that some people might not be taking the warnings all that seriously, however, with numerous reports of people not leaving the mandatory evacuation zone. Why? Perhaps they think they don’t need to? After seeing this video, I can’t think of a single reason I would want to hang around somewhere where 145+ MPH winds were possible/probable.
Here’s a video showing what it’s like to fly into the eye of Hurricane Matthew:
— NOAAHurricaneHunters (@NOAA_HurrHunter) October 7, 2016
So to really drive the point home, some news reporters and meteorologists have taken to very bluntly telling you that you and everyone you know will die if you stay. I get that he’s really just trying to convey the urgency of the situation, but the little “and your kids die too” at the end made me laugh REALLY hard. Then again, not being anywhere near an active hurricane means I’m a little disconnected. Those in the direct path probably wouldn’t find it as funny as I did… But I mean he did also pretty much cover all the bases when he said “you and everyone you know will be dead.” I mean, who doesn’t know their kids? Excluding deadbeat parents, of course. With the reports of people not leaving when instructed bouncing around, this reporter did a report on that very subject as a car was approaching him in the distance. The result: hilarity.
— Halz (@haley_d3) October 7, 2016
What doesn’t necessarily help the situation is people making their own hurricane reports from their backyards, like this guy:
Although it did help me laugh, so I suppose it does serve a purpose on that sense.
Doesn’t it kinda remind you of this report from The Today Show some years ago? I love the line from Matt Lauer: “Are those holy men?”
Natural Disasters aren’t really something to be joked about. While Hurricane Matthew hasn’t created massive loss of life in the United States YET, there’s always the chance. The latest is that the storm is set to batter South Carolina within the next couple hours (as of Saturday afternoon), potentially causing quite destructive flooding.
We certainly hope for the best for anyone living in the affected areas.