Hurricane Sandy: A Real Life 'Perfect Storm'?

Dan Harris examines whether the real storm will match ones seen in the movies.
3:00 | 10/29/12

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And forecasters nationwide are saying hurricane sandy could bring perfect storm conditions even more so than the storm that inspired the movie. Abc dan harris is here to talk about those who don't believe the hype. Lara, good morning to you. You see the forecasters, standing out in bad weather and it could all seem theoretical, not to mention inconvenient. There's that voice of denial that will say it won't be that bad. Sandy may pose the greatest risk to human life. You can see with the winds, This shaping up to be quite the monster. Reporter: The forecasters could hardly be using stronger slang. It conjures images of movies like "the perfect storm." And "the day after tomorrow" where a giant wave hits new york city. But in real life new york, we found a lot of peoho say they don't believe the hype. Are you going to panic new york or what? Reporter: Part of the problem, the last big storm to come through here, tropical storm irene, did a lot of damage to outlying areas but was pretty much a big nothing burger for new york city. It was like last year's storm, oh, darn. Reporter: And that's why those in the evacuation warn are blowing off the warning. We're not moving out. Reporter: The governor of new york is very worried about this psychology. This is nothe time to take a chance. But whatever it is, it is going to be very serious. And again, it is nothing to be dealt with. Reporter: The movie "the perfect storm" that was based on a real storm that took real li and remember katrina? Thousands of people wouldn't or couldn't heed the warning and had to be rescued. So how do we handle any creeping cynicism in the face of sandy? Perhaps we take our cues from the movie. The storm is going to get worse. We stay inside, we keep warm, and we wait it out. You know, the mayor of new york city had a very rful comment about this. He said if you live in an evacuation area and you refuse to leave, you're not only risking your own life but also the lives of first responders who may have to come and rescue you.

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