I watched a bit of the news last night and some of the comments indicated a belief that the meteorologists 'cried wolf' on Hurricane Irene.
Well, perhaps, but perhaps not. It seems they knew where the hurricane would come ashore. They didn't know how strong the winds would stay or when they would lessen. From the sounds of it, I guess the eye wall of the storm was not as defined and this fact impacted wind strength. So, what they anticipated being a category 2-3 hurricane lessened to a 1.
People did die as a result of this storm. Property damage in some areas appears to be quite severe. If the evacuation orders weren't given, would more folks have perished? Perhaps.
I don't know....you don't mess with Mother Nature and leaving the shoreline during a hurricane seems to be a prudent thing to do.
I'm not convinced anyone was crying wolf. There is just so much that science can predict.