Hurricane Irma: 'A lot of people were thinking it was the end of the world because of media scaremongering'

Hurricane Irma: 'A lot of people were thinking it was the end of the world' says journalist

The storm is weakening as it moves north

Monday, September 11, 2017

A journalist has said the news media in Florida were "scaremongering" ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall. 

Three people have been confirmed dead in Florida as a result of the storm, which is weakening as it continues to batter the southeast coast of the United States. 

Ahead of its arrival, people were making preparations to last out the hurricane, stocking up on water, petrol, and supplies.

Dave Levene, a journalist who took shelter in Plantation outside of Miami when the storm hit, said it had been nothing like he'd ever seen. 

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The news channels here love a bit of scaremongering. The 24-hour coverage was nothing like I’ve ever seen.

"Four or five channels were filling time with what could go wrong and how it could be a disaster.

"So a lot of people were thinking it was the end of the world, and upped and flew to the other side of the country or moved their family away."

He told our host about the aftermath of the hurricane. 

"At the moment, it’s cleanup. Through the night, it was quite devastating, with winds of 100 miles per hour, downed power lines. 

"There was no electricity, it was very windy, very rainy, and all in all, quite scary."

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