It is the experts’ job to warn us

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To the editor:

A friend suggested I watch the NOVA presentation about Superstorm Sandy. The special aired Nov. 21 and can be seen online. It is well worth watching to see what the experts saw from above.

I don't take storm warnings lightly. I remember the F1 tornado that touched down here many years ago. The warning radar system was new to television broadcasts back then. My son was at our town's Little League field. We had some time before the "minute watch" indicated the area was to be hit, so my daughter and I got in the car to go the few blocks to the field to make sure the coaches were aware of the reports. In the few minutes it took me to get to the field, the F1 cut through Somers Point from the west to the northern part of town and was lifting up into the sky over the Linwood area as we arrived at the field. As my daughter and I exited the car, we saw the tornado lifting up and disappearing into the clouds. The boys were in the dugout, not on the field. There was no damage at my house, but there was minor damage in town, including my friend's yard.

We get warned often about impending storms. Sometimes the weather forecasters get it right; sometimes they do not. We have had Hurricane Irene, the derecho and Superstorm Sandy in a year's time. Sometimes a storm passes or does little damage to one person and destroys the house of another. So storm damage is relative. And many times, a fierce storm does physical damage but takes no lives. Better construction, awareness, and early warnings have helped in that. People who have been lifted up into the clouds of a tornado have come away unscathed.

I don't worry anymore. I pray, prepare, and listen to the reports to evacuate or take shelter. But because human nature is fickle, I do wonder. In a 24/7 news time when people berate the weather coverage as being over the top, I ask this: Can you imagine with Superstorm Sandy what would have happened if the experts saw the clouds forming, gathering strength and decided not to warn us?

It is unimaginable with natural storm coverage these days. Is it unimaginable with other storms in life?

Marian R. Carlino

Somers Point

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