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They scare people on a daily bases (economy, wars, riots, you name it...) so are we in danger to become addicted to fear? We are already addicted to stress (usual daily stress and all sorts of other stress) and now we have this constant fear ...It seems to be boring to live normal life nowadays.
I do not know anything about topic but Irene seems to be category one now and it probably will not be catastrophic event.

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by vbo on Sat Aug 27th, 2011 at 09:42:39 AM EST
I doubt it would terrify New Orleans or Gulf Port residents, for sure, but codes don't require the same degree of wind load performance for buildings in New Jersey, New York, and New England as on the Gulf Coast.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 27th, 2011 at 01:15:44 PM EST
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Same for earthquake proofing, BTW.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 09:34:33 AM EST
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