You may be freaking out about hurricane Irene. You may not be. It may be as bad as everyone has said it will be, it may not be. It may be necessary to shut down all public transit in NYC today, it may end up not being. I just KNOW that if this storm isn't apocalyptic-esque, people are going to whine for days about how the precautions taken were too much and they just KNEW it wasn't going to be awful. Mark my words, this will happen. In fact, I know exactly which of my friends will do this, and which will be grateful that it wasn't as bad as it could have been, which is, you know, THE SANE THING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. Meteorology is not an exact science, and sometimes you have to take precautions. That's why they're called PRE cautions. Before. No psychics work for the Weather Channel, none that I'm aware of at least.
Stay safe people, and for the love of God, stop comparing this storm to Katrina.