A large group of ignorant people convinced something terrible is soon to happen, who all then act in a panic to prepare for this ominous event, after which the event fizzles, falls short of the dire expectations, or completely fails to occur
Did you see all those people stripping the Wal-Mart shelves in NYC before Irene arrived? A real nurricane, that was.
by skrapmetal August 29, 2011

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