Saturday, August 26, 2006

Tropical Storm gains strength over central Caribbean

This is good news for those that hyped up this years hurricane season in order to swell fears to sell newspapers and boost ratings. It's also good news for weathermen and women who now have something to report on. For the rest of us, it sucks, especially for those about to have the roof of their house peeled off like an orange.

Tropical Storm Ernesto gathered strength as it steamed through the central Caribbean toward Jamaica on Saturday and threatened to enter the Gulf of Mexico as the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic season.

This hurricane season was less than impressive. Disappointing if you remember after Katrina last year every moron on television who claimed to be able to predict weather patterns either with a satelite, computer technology, or just sense it since they were struck by lightening a few years before was ranting and raving that the 2006 hurrican season would blow the entire world into the upper left hand corner of Antartica. Maybe Mother Nature was lulling us into a false sense of security. Or maybe no one knows what the fuck they are talking about.

Ernesto could grow into a Category 3 hurricane by Thursday, menacing a broad swath of the Gulf Coast including hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami forecast. Category 3 hurricane Katrina struck the city a year ago Tuesday.

Fear. Panic. Cry. Pray. But stay tuned to their station 24/7.


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