The news is filled with stories of the 40 or 41 lives lost to Hurricane Irene. Most were killed by falling objects. A few were killed by high water and other lesser Irene induced phenomena.
But how many lives did Irene save? How many people would have died in automobile accidents during the 3 or 4 days when cars were off the roads? Who would have been killed playing dangerous sports had they been outside during Irene. What about swimmers, fishermen, or hunters?
Since criminals were largely confined to quarters, how many murders were averted? How many die of heart attacks while mowing their yards or jogging? How many drunks didn’t do something stupid because the liquor stores were closed?
With all the government agencies tracking us for our own good, it seems quite likely a template could be made of the usual 3 day weekend. that would compare the number of traffic deaths from Irene vs. an average weekend. The smart money would go with far fewer deaths during Irene.
It is impossible to estimate how many people might have been killed during a certain period of time. But it is a 100% certainty it would be more than 41 people out of the millions affected by Irene. For that reason we owe a huge debt of gratitude to hurricane Irene. Thank you.