greeney2 wrote:Exactly, the eastern seaboard area is the most densely populated region of the country, in addition to the inland areas affected, 75 million may be the low side. New York state along has only a few million less than Australia in population. 23 million in Australia, 20 million in New York, with 8-9 million in New York city.
All true. & like i said ..... that's the real story, not the U.S beat up ( this is the biggest storm ever ) but it's not. American hype.
The real tragedy here, is the number of people this tiny storm ( not even a category 1 hurricane ) effects. Like you said greeney2, 75-100 million people have been effected by this storm .... Now just imagine what might happen if a category 4 or 5 hits the east coast of America next time ....
& thats why i re-posted my post on Cyclone Yasi.
yasi was a category 5, it struck Australia's east coast & wiped out half the state, when it made land fall, it broke up & became a tropical storm, It rained & rained &rained, until Queensland had, 12 meters of water ... whats that ( 70 odd feat ) of water houses wore covered .... all that water traveled down into Australia's southern states of Victoria, ACT, New south wales & 8 weeks later everything was still flooded.
& at the same time, you might recall my post ) The West coast of Australia was fighting bush fires, that were larger then half the USA .......
All at once the Entire Australian mainland ( the same size as the USA ) was destroyed .......& 1/3erd of Australian's were caught up in catastrophe in one for or another. Cyclone, Flood, Fire ...... But as you rightly point out, greeny2 even tho this Affected 1/3erd of Australian's ........ as you pointed out, Australia's population is only 22 million in total.
So even tho the Cyclone, Floods & fire destroyed an area the size of the USA ...... all that only affected like 8 million people.
Which brings me back to my original point.
The size of the storm is neither here, nor there ....... & had nothing to do with anything. Each storm is different in so many ways .... that you can never compare one storm ..... Hurricane .... Cyclone .... typhoon to another as each is very different.
If sandy had hit the Australian coast. i doubt we would be talking about it as Australia has such a small population compared to the USA .... & even New York city. That it's unlikely that the damage Sandy caused to the USA would have been seen had the storm hit Australia.
& the Same goes for Cyclone Yasi which hit Australia ........ Had Yasi hit the USA instead of Australia.