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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:23 AM

National News Coverage of Tropical Storm Barry Is Its Own Disaster
By Lamar White, Jr.
July 12, 2019
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Yesterday, "America's weatherman," Al Roker, provided some unsolicited advice to the good people of New Orleans: If he lived here, he would "make plans now" to evacuate. It's a good idea to be prepared to evacuate any time you find yourself located within a potential hurricane's "cone of uncertainty."

It's a bad idea for people in New Orleans to listen to Al Roker instead of the actual experts on the ground in Louisiana, and it's an even worse idea for people like Al Roker to imply, as he did, that they have a better understanding of the situation than Mayor LaToya Cantrell or Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Right now, as Barry marches on its path toward Morgan City, the wind is beginning to pick up in New Orleans, but the only people who want us to panic seem to be those who think the main lesson of Hurricane Katrina was that the city should have evacuated more quickly.

New Orleans, of course, did not flood in 2005 because it was hit by a hurricane. It flooded because the federal government's levee protection system failed. The catastrophic flooding began after Katrina left.

Both CBS and CNN have emphasized the possibility of Barry being a bigger rain event than Katrina. But rain didn't cause the city to flood; levee failures did.

If New Orleans is decimated by a slow-moving tropical storm, it will have absolutely nothing to do with the reason Al Roker thinks. Ironically, the flash flooding that occurred on Wednesday- more than seven inches of rain in an hour- ended up proving the city's pumping system is performing well, which should be reassuring and not a reason to panic.

The reason the city received such a deluge is a different story, but, apparently, it's not polite to talk about climate science in a state dominated by Big Oil and the petrochemical industry. So, the official version remains what it always has been: This 301-year-old city was built in the wrong place. Pay no attention to the fact that this flooding occurred in parts of the city above sea-level.

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Al Roker is not a meteorologist. Al Roker has never lived anywhere even close to the Gulf of Mexico. He is, however, second cousins with Lenny Kravitz, and Lenny Kravitz once owned a house in the French Quarter. I'm singling out Roker because he calls himself a weatherman, but he isn't the only national reporter who has completely misrepresented the on-the-ground reality.

This morning, MSNBC reported that New Orleans was "already underwater." Not true. And it's not just standard sensationalism.

No one is predicting the levees will breach, but, once again, the Army Corps of Engineers hasn't been inspiring confidence. And the confusion and ambiguities they created are the pretense currently being used by the national press to still cite the wrong numbers.

No y'all. No one thinks the water could rise to more than 20 feet.

Thus far, though, the Washington Post failed the most spectacularly, publishing a brazenly false story that suggests some sort of mass exodus is currently underway. Their story was so egregious that it merited a response from the City of New Orleans:

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:29 AM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 14 July 2019 - 08:23 AM, said:

Al Roker is not a meteorologist. Al Roker has never lived anywhere even close to the Gulf of Mexico. He is, however, second cousins with Lenny Kravitz, and Lenny Kravitz once owned a house in the French Quarter. I'm singling out Roker because he calls himself a weatherman, but he isn't the only national reporter who has completely misrepresented the on-the-ground reality.


The article is 1/2 right. Al Roker studied meteorology at SUNY but it wasn't his major. So while he's not, strictly speaking, a 'meteorologist' he does have somewhat of a background. And MOST "weathermen" aren't degreed meteorologists anyway.

Let us consider how things have progressed since this article was written two days ago and examine who was MORE accurate about the "on-the-ground reality": Al Roker? Or Lamar White Jr who isn't a meteorologist EITHER.

National Weather Service (5 hrs ago) Flash Flood Watch in Southeastern Louisiana "Active for next 10 hours"

Accuweather.com (1 Hr ago): LIVE: Power outages surpass 150,000 in Louisiana as Barry's downpours ramp up" As Barry moved inland, multiple reports emerged of levees overtopping in Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes, with mandatory evacuations being ordered by Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove for all areas along Louisiana Highway 315. AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured footage of water overtopping a levee in St. Mary Parish. Mandatory evacuations were being put into effect for areas south of Highway 317 with sheriff's deputies going door to door to notify residents.

Same Accuweather link, (7:10 a.m. CDT Sunday): A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Union County, Arkansas, and portions of north central Louisiana until 7 a.m. CDT Monday.

Same Accuweather link (8:00 a.m. CDT Sunday): A thunderstorm associated with Barry is capable of producing a tornado east of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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Well, so much for Lamar White Jr.
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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:32 AM


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Posted 15 July 2019 - 12:40 AM



Talk about one of the biggest assbag moron liars of all time?

And as always, the lying moron was 100% WRONG again.

This post has been edited by Rock N' Roll Right Winger: 15 July 2019 - 12:42 AM

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