Hurricane Irene, while “only” a Category 1 hurricane, still poses significant risks to folks from North Carolina up into New England. The National Hurricane Center warns of high sustained winds spreading across a very wide area, with heavy rains, a strong storm surge, and possible tornadoes.

This makes for a golden opportunity for people with bad news to release, and at least a couple have taken advantage of the media’s focus on Irene to put that bad news out where it will get blown away by the storm.