Unfortunately, most of these television stations do not take the time to confirm these reports before they put them on the air, so just because it's on tv doesn't make it necessarily true. It's a race to get the information out there first, and IMHO to see who can be the most sensational at times. I've seen conflicting reports about this storm on all the major networks just today. One station said the superdome leaks were just a drizzle, another said the water was "pouring" in. Brian Williams from NBC stayed in the superdome and he said the turf was saturated and everything was wet, and specifically said it was a substantial amount of water coming in. Also, as someone said earlier, the reporters are very isolated right now and can only see what's going on in their immediate area. When Charley went through, or even Ivan, it wasn't until they flew over in choppers that you could actually grasp the enormity of what happened. On another note, I'm not sure how they measured the 22 foot storm surge, but my understanding is that Jim Cantore is on the 2nd floor of a building in Gulfport that was supposed to be safe for a 27 foot storm surge, and they are standing in water past their ankles on the second floor. Sounds a bit higher than 22 feet to me. Just my 2 cents.
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