Letters to the Editor

Superfluous storm warnings don’t help anybody

Re July 26 letter by Paul Archer, “Get the storm warnings off my screen”

Kudus to Archer. His letter speaks for me. I have wanted to write to the National Weather Service time after time when our TV programs have been interrupted by these lengthy and, in my opinion, redundant storm warnings.

We’re not out in Kansas. We are not vulnerable to killer tornados that send citizens into their storm cellars. Heck, we don’t even have storm cellars to go to in our area if a rare tornado were to hit. But to stop all programming for a thunderstorm in an area that has thunderstorms in summer virtually every other day, as is common in all communities near the ocean along the East coast, is ridiculous.

There will always be fools who dare the weather and gallantly commit to hurricane party celebrations to show how daring they are, how fearless and, how downright stupid they truly are. They’ll stand on jetties and may be swept away. Those are the folks those warnings are really intended for. Because most sane people avoid exposing themselves and their families to danger.

For the thousands of us who live in a thunderstorm-prone area, we know better. We don’t need to be reminded to take shelter, to keep away from windows. And there is little need for hysterical warnings, buzzers and sirens on the TV to get our attention. Half the time the areas the warnings are for are 100 miles away from us, maybe in another state.

So my plea to the National Weather Service is to stop crying wolf. By continuing to do so you’ve lost your audience, and maybe cost some lives when the real emergency comes along.

Same message to the TV channels: Stop interrupting TV programming. A simple banner along the bottom of the screen will be more than sufficient. Of course, you are most welcome to run what you want when the commercials are on.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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