Of course the joke was coming
Atrios jumped the gun a bit, making it when Hurricane Dean was a mere tropical storm, but still.
(H/T to Jeff at Shakes' Sis for the pic)
And for my money, Weather Underground is the best online source for storm information. Much of it may go over your head, just as it does mine, but the predictions are solid and detailed.
Yeah, it's easier to joke when it looks like the storm is going to pass you by.