As predicted here, the Monday morning hurricane-hype quarterbacking theme today is cover our butts.
The hurricane was clearly fizzling even as it arrived in North Carolina, an indication that maybe it was time to greatly ratchet down the drama farther north along I-95. But still, we're being told, the storm caused flooding. It was a killer storm, resulting in 19 deaths. Obviously, the here-comes-hell hype -- on a scale unprecedented to me in 40 years as a working journalist -- was justified.
As I said, the main justification being put forth -- "better safe than sorry" -- could also be carried to an absurd conclusion and used to to justify not crossing a street.
Consider: Just four months ago, in April, tornadoes and storms in the South killed 58 people in a single day in Alabama.
To compare and contrast, here is a link.