I understand your point, but as often happens after "disasters" (of any kind) there is a severe over-reaction. You could say that being over-prepared is a good thing, but from the point of view of those that evacuated unnecessarily, they spent about 10 hours driving (with kids and pets), probably $200 on gas, and several hundred on food and lodging. On top of that, they finally get back home and all the food in their fridge and freezer is bad because the power was out for 24 hours or so. For most people that's another several hundred dollars wasted and an hour or two of work to clean them out.They get home and talk with their neighbors who stayed home with their generators and maybe burned $100 in gas (to power fridge, freezer, and AC) and everything was fine. You can see why some people will be hesitant to leave so early next time. By the time many had already left, Gustav ended up weakening pretty dramatically (barely cat 2 I think). I think next time people may wait a little longer to see how bad it will be. It seems like most people think about a cat 3 is ok, unless you live near water, in a flood-prone area or have large trees near your house. The problem is that hurricanes are so unpredictable. Sure you can usually tell what state it's going to hit, but rarely can you tell even which parishes (counties) much less which cities are going to get the worst of it. We were surprised to see that Opelousas (20 miles north of Lafayette) was hit *much* harder than Lafayette.In the end, it's up to residents themselves to decide whether they really want to leave or not. I think you're just seeing a bunch of people who are grouchy from what they (in hindsight, unnecessarily) went through and feel they have the right to complain that gov't "forced them to evacuate".
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