Fear of the Unknown Coupled With Ignorance Can Be a Deadly Combination

Many folks in New York City, in the lower elevations by the water, thought they were safe because the storm was coming in from the other direction, and therefore they assumed they wouldn’t get hit with the waves. This is a faulty assumption based on ignorance of how tidal surges work, and perhaps the media should have done a better job explaining it, or the Mayor of New York City should have been a little more blunt, persuasive, and assertive in the matter.