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Will Hurricane Ike Kill Enough People In Cuba That It Becomes Less Of A Gulf Threat?

Flooded streets of Baracoa in eastern Cuba 7 September

I know that people use language incorrectly sometimes. I make mistakes in what words I choose. But I can’t help but notice that I’ve heard at least two weather reporters express hope that Hurricane Ike is sufficiently weakened while passing over Cuba, so that it becomes less of a threat for wherever in the Gulf of Mexico it lands.

( Above is damage in Cuba from Ike.)

Yet the longer Hurricane Ike stays over Cuba, the more harm it will do to people in Cuba. Instead of making it a zero-sum issue of who suffers to what degree, I imagine the hope people have is that the storm weakens in a way that harms as few people as possible. It would take just a small bit more extra effort to express concerns over the storm in that more helpful way.

Here is the National Weather Service report on Hurricane Ike.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment