Right to push panic button
ALL too often, the mere mention of a severe weather system sends people into lunatic mode.
A bit of heavy rain on the radar is often enough for supermarket shelves to be stripped of milk and bread like doomsday is on its way.
The media is often criticised for being quick to publicise intense weather systems because of the overreaction which follows.
It was no different when the bureau issued a tornado warning for the region this week. But the Chronicle stands by its decision to support Emergency Services in sounding the alarm on Thursday.
History tells us these kind of storms are most devastating when no one has time to prepare.
Thankfully, much of Maryborough and Hervey Bay was spared the severity experienced in Maryborough West and Tinana. Imagine if it hadn’t missed the majority of built up areas? The scenes on pages 4-8 of today’s Chronicle would have been a reality for everyone. .
Our thoughts are with the farmers and families who are enduring a massive clean-up and potentially years of recovery.
Authorities were right to warn of what was to come.