Tropical Storm Isaac gave Florida not too much more than some wind (1 or 2 tornados) and rain, sparking some sarcastic commentary on the internet about the overly dramatic slant of the news reports (like this photo, which shows a single palm frond on the ground and the words, “Never Forget!”)
Of course, I don’t want to make the light of the continuing threat to the New Orleans area. So far, although there has been some flooding in Plaquemines Parish, which is not part of the area protected by the new levees, it looks like it hasn't been too rough on Louisiana either. It seems that the $14.5 billion strengthened and improved levees will do the job they were unable to do in Hurricane Katrina, especially since this is a far less powerful hurricane.
On the political front, we do have Isaac to thank for a more peaceful Republic National Convention than was expected. Many protesters that were planning to attend decided not to do so in light of the potential danger from the storm. The protesters that are here seem to be mostly peaceful so far and I have only read about one arrest. (And that guy had a machete strapped to his leg, so I think it's pretty safe to say he was asking for it.)
Also, the convention itself was shortened by a day. It is happening now though, as evidenced by the blocked roads and police cars at every single intersection near downtown. But even though I’m less than a mile from the action, I haven’t had any trouble getting where I need to go. The rumors I heard about not being able to easily cross the bridge to and from where I live were just that, overreactions and rumors–much like the sensational and inaccurate weather predictions about Isaac for Florida.
What do you think about the dramatic storm (and RNC) coverage? Do you think it is necessary to get people to pay attention to potential danger? Or do you think it is just played up to get ratings?