Experts debunk super storm claims.
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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."
Piers Corbyn also has said that this weekend the Netherlands will have a little taste of the storm.
This appears to be true.
Meteoalarm has dispatched a Red Warning for the Netherlands valid for November 8, 2007.