Yup and that's exactly why the media over hypes a hurricane. They are basically throwing supermarkets and stores like Home Depot or Lowe's a bone. They create mass hysteria and panic that leads to bad things. I see it all the time down here. Our news stations completely freak out if a disturbance is in the Atlantic and send everyone into a panic causing traffic accidents, shortages on stuff like water, bread, plywood, etc. Then it turns out the thing, if it even gets here, is nothing more than one of our daily thunderstorms. What you don't hear them say, at least not down here when it was "coming right for us", is that the main part of the storm is on the east side so places like NC, VA, DC, etc basically just get a thunderstorm because they will only get the west side of the storm and nowhere near the eye. Now that would suck. Have any sandbags handy? I live near a canal here and luckily in the 8 years that I've been at this location the canal has only overflowed its banks twice and the worst of those 2 only resulted in about 6" of flooding.