It seems like anything that happens in the New York-Boston area is big news, even though it has nothing to do with the rest of the country. I suppose it's because there are so many millions of people jammed together in that area. We get storms here in Oklahoma like that about every three decades or so but guess what, we just handle it, and it doesn't make the national news usually either.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)