If They Had Called Sandy a Hurricane When It Hit, Would Things Have Been Different?

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When Sandy finally hit land it wasn't technically a hurricane, it was a post-tropical cyclone. And the National Hurricane Center thinks that because it issued a hurricane warning and then downgraded the storm, the gravity of the situation was lost on some people. "The center currently lacks the ability to convey the severity of a storm without being hemmed in by the technical definition of a hurricane," one forecaster told the New York Times. But continuing to call it a hurricane "would have utterly destroyed the credibility of the agency in the long run." Maybe they should make "superstorm" an official thing.