My Take on Tropical Storm Hilary

Yeah, news reports say we dodged a bullet. If only we could say the same about the press conferences media coverage of Tropical Storm Hilary. Here’s my take on the failed hurricane known as TS Hilary.

Courtesy: NOAA

The experts predicted ” Catastrophic and life threatening flooding!” They warned us to shelter in place (where have I heard that before?) because of heavy rainfall and powerful winds!

The reality was anything but.

Words mean things. Used skillfully, words can calm a worried populace. Used exploitively , words can evoke fear , anxiety and worry. Guess which way, politicians and the lapdog media used the slogan , “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding”?

It reminded me much of Covid coverage with the pearl-clutching fear mongering and the constant slogans. Remember “two weeks to flatten the curve,” “social distancing,” “shelter in place,” “safe and effective,” and “stay safe?”

But I digress.

Yes. Baja California suffered the worst of Hilary. High flood waters displaced many residents. Luckily there were few fatalities.

Record rainfall caused street flooding in cities and heavy flooding in the high desert and mountainous areas of California’s Inland Empire.

Courtesy:Teller Report

Rising waters stalled many cars and damaged roads in various areas, but caused no loss of life in Southern California according to news reports. TS Hilary marked the first tropical storm to hit California since 1939. Other than history, my take on TS Hilary was that it differed little from a bad winter storm that’s commonplace in Southern California.


Thank God the damage was relatively minimal when measured against the pearl-clutching news reporting. Most notably ,the predictions of catastrophe from high winds were mostly wrong.

Coverage of the aftermath had to be somewhat of a letdown for the media: standard video of the aforementioned stranded cars, closeups of receding street flooding, property damage from falling trees, and soundbites from affected residents. Again, no different from your average Stormwatch team coverage.

However, there was the novelty of a 5.0 earthquake causing some shakes during the rains, and even that fizzled out. Damage was so minimal viewers watched lives shots where reporters presented breaking news that literally amounted to broken items knocked off store shelves due to the quake.

“But Dex, you have to give the government and the media credit. The message got out and probably saved lives.” Maybe. Certainly the tropical storm of 1939 , otherwise known as the Lash of St Francis did much more damage and caused 48 deaths from 50-60 mph winds, heavy rainfall and flooding.

Another difference between the two storms is residents then, received little warning and little time to prepare. Today , Californians had days to fortify their homes, thanks to the National Weather Service which, established a forecast office for Southern California in the aftermath of the ’39 storm.

I would give credit to the National Weather Service for its early warning systems of dangerous storms, not fear-mongering politicians and media. Call me cynical, but I don’t trust government, nor unquestioningly accept its’ calls about keeping us safe.

Sorry, but Covid killed that trust. I now view politicians’ efforts as CYA’s or as manipulative and calculating toward current power or future political plans. This American now views any state- of -emergency declarations with a discerning eye and not a blind trust that government officials have my best interest at heart.

Anyway, that’s my take on Tropical Storm Hilary. Catastrophic and life threatening? Not this time.

2 replies on “My Take on Tropical Storm Hilary”

You read my mind! The media is yet another tool for the left to keep its subjects in control, and what better way than FEAR! In 1976 I was on the island of Guam for Typhoon Pamela. Now THAT was a STORM! 200MPH winds, massive damage and months without power, water and phone service to the mainland. When I saw what was supposed to be Hilary, I laughed. It was so easy to see through the guise of public mind control. keep them in fear, make them take precautions for a non-event, shutter in place, maybe even make them put their stupid masks back on! It is ridiculous and almost comical to watch the sheep in this state follow blindly to the pied piper. Keep speaking the truth, Dex. Maybe some of these sheep will wake up?

And I nearly fell for it.
I think we’ve been “trained” over the course of our lives to believe doctors, believe what comes out of the news, and even politicians. We reacted (initially) to the pandemic because that’s how we would’ve done it in our youth. It seemed safe. Nowadays, all our leaders are corrupt and absolutely dishonest, plus they want people scared because that makes an easy target.

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