As you’ve probably heard, hurricane Irene is on its way to slam the east coast. Of course, major news networks are advising everyone to panic, since Irene could ramp up to Category 4 by Thursday (currently Irene is Category 3).
By comparison, hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 hurricane when it hit New Orleans.
Irene will first hit land in North Carolina, where residents are already being told to evacuate in coastal areas. The Outer Banks, a popular beach area in North Carolina, is being cleared out by authorities. Even if Irene doesn’t go directly over land, the waves on coastal areas could be pretty dangerous.
Of course, it’s hard to tell when there’s actually a danger from something, and when the news is blowing it out of proportion. Either way, probably best to play it safe.