Hurricane Gustav is about to make landfall on the Louisiana coast Monday morning. The last time a hurricane tore through the region in 2005, some 1800 people died. Hurricane Katrina was a harsh lesson for people and the government to learn. This time, the government and people seem to be a lot more prepared. The evacuation plans have been implemented and the movement of about 2 million people has been successful for the most part. Now, it's just a matter of time to see if the new levees and infrastructures in New Orleans will hold against this hurricane. Now, there are still a few people who chose to stay (looters), but they've been warned, and they'll have to live with the consequences of their choices.
While it's great to see how better the preparation for and response to the hurricane is this time, I couldn't help but be bothered by one thing. I'm curious as to why exactly are reporters flocking to New Orleans when mandatory evacuation orders have been issued. Seriously, why are these idiots out there in the wind and rain, getting knocked over, just to tell us what we all ready know: Hurricanes are destructive. The sad thing is, they put themselves in danger for just a few minutes of airtime, and at any moment, they could be taken out by flying debris or drown in a flash flood. No one would remember their names; not really. I mean I keep seeing their spots during the news, but I'm not paying attention to their names. I'm actually paying attention to what's going on behind them.
When did weatherman become the extreme sportsmen of the news team? And are they getting well compensated? I would hope so, because the footage of them falling over and getting knocked down is going to end up on blooper reels and funny videos on the internet.