Watching the Warnings

by Melissa Brunner

Officials are taking Hurricane Irene seriously. For the first time ever, New York City has issued evacuation orders for certain areas. They're also among cities shutting down their public transit system. Airlines are urging you to call ahead in anticipation of cancellations. The Navy has moved some of its fleet further out to sea. 

Still, as I'm watching coverage of Hurricane Irene inching closer to the U.S., I'm hearing interviews with people who are defying evacuation orders. They've seen hurricanes before, they say, they'll ride this one out, too.

It reminds me of tornado warnings around Kansas. How many times do people hear the sirens, then head outdoors to see if they can see what's coming, maybe snap a few pictures, before maybe taking cover? Granted, we have received some amazing photos and videos of storms, but we'd rather have people stay safe.

What do you think of those who aren't heeding the evacuation orders? And how do you react to weather warnings?


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