If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Whoa there, Artsy. You're making out like the storm was out to kill. Irene was just gettin' her warm-core-swirl on. Why don't you take a closer look and weigh up how many deaths were actually the result of weather and how many were killed by the much more deadly combination of human error and apathy.
— A woman, 20, died in Wilmington as she stood watching the rising waters. Her body has been recovered.
— In Bristol, 46-year-old Shane Seaver died after he and another man went canoeing down a flooded street and the canoe capsized.
— Authorities say the bodies of Christopher Valentine, 25, and Jean Baptista, 25, were found in Mill Creek in Hockessin, NBC Philadelphia reported Monday. According to the report, police said the men were walking home from a friend's house around midnight Saturday during the storm.
— In Volusia County, 55-year-old Frederick Fernandez died Saturday off New Smyrna Beach after he was tossed off his board by massive waves caused by Irene. The Orlando Sentinel reports the high school teacher had a large cut on his head, apparently from hitting the sea floor.
— A man and woman found dead in a Raymond home where a generator had been running and high readings of carbon monoxide were in the air. *How is this blamed on the storm?
—Won Koo Sung, 48, died at his Ellicott City home of carbon monoxide poisoning produced by generators. *And this one?
Really, if you read through these it really makes you wonder why most of the deaths are attributed to the storm at all. I mean, who hears that a hurricane is arriving and thinks it's a good idea to go to a flooded river, or marina, or camping in the back yard, or windsurfing?
Now instead of focusing on how many people died, make sure you're taking time to think about the people out there who are still living and in need of help.
Thank you for that information. Because I have been in the dark (literally) of news since last Saturday and I haven't really had time to look up stuff. I feel very stupid now haha