"Storm reports causing unnecessary panic"

6th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 November 2007, DE BILT – Meteorological institute KNMI thinks that British weather expert Piers Corbyn's prediction of a "super storm" to hit the Netherlands at the end of November is causing unnecessary panic.

6 November 2007

DE BILT – Meteorological institute KNMI thinks that British weather expert Piers Corbyn's prediction of a "super storm" to hit the Netherlands at the end of November is causing unnecessary panic.

Cees Molenaars of the weather institute says that the reports on the storm are based on hype and have no scientific basis. "This is how you make people afraid unnecessarily and that is dangerous."

Molenaars received a phone call from a woman in a wheelchair. "Because of the sensational reports that are being spread, this woman is worried she won't be able to leave her home if the storm hits. It is terrible that a weather prediction can have this effect. We really have to stay away from that kind of thing."

Meteorologists of the KNMI say that this coming weekend could be stormy, but nothing unusual for autumn. If there is any reason for alarm the KNMI will issue a weather alert.

Weatherman Piet Paulusma, who published the report on his weblog, doesn't think that he is contributing to spreading panic. "Something of that magnitude we wouldn't call a storm. And if that storm does come, then we've all got a huge problem."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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