One Funny Thing: Relatable Hurricanes


Hurricanes are getting “too relatable,” at least according to the National Hurricane Center’s twitter account. The Center’s tweets have been getting a lot of attention lately for seemingly describing people’s personal lives, although they deny any intentional connections. “Kate Still a Poorly Organized Depression,” said one tweet describing a named storm on August 31st. This prompted many twitter users to retweet the message, saying it described exactly what they were going through. “If you were a lonely tropic system out in the middle of the Atlantic, far from home & with no hope of bettering yourself, you’d be a hot mess too,” said one user.

 

Other tweets were met with similar responses, including one saying that tropical storm Rose was “Going through a rough patch.” Another user replied, “Nobody told me it was Hurricane mental health awareness month.” But the Center says these interpretations were unintentional, “We’re not intentionally trying to be tongue-in-cheek,” said Dr. Michael Brennan, the branch chief of the Center’s Hurricane Specialist Unit. “But sometimes people take them and run with them.”

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