Yeah, it's absolutely the excitement factor. Mother Nature quickly reminds you of just how small and insignificant you are against her fury. It's rare to see that so it's captivating in that trainwreck sense. And hurricane parties are great.....
The downsides (aside from the obvious...death, destruction, etc) for you cane-less types:
Lack of power/water/cable/etc....sometimes for WEEKS after a big storm. The sound of generators and chainsaws is a constant background noise after storms for weeks. Makes the extra cost of solar powering your home look worth it....
Lack of consumables.....water, batteries, fresh foods, toilet paper, etc....after a storm, stores may have a very limited supply of product, staff or may be closed or gone altogether while the store traffic has INCREASED since everyone needs stuff post storm and there are fewer places to get it. Plus, shopping with National Guardsmen watching over you in disconcerting.
People staying with you....granted, any decent person helps their friends and neighbors.....but after awhile, having guests in your house will wear you down. Especially with kids in the house.
Cleanup....if you dislike working in the yard or on your house, never move to a hurricane prone area. Clean up of debris, limbs, etc is a pain.
Flat tires.....not expecting that were ya!?! After a big storm, shingles have been blown off roofs all over the place...carrying their roofing nails with them...into the streets....and your tires.
Animals in the house.....not a biggie if you always keep them there. But if yours are outside dogs, problems do arise. Especially since hurricanes seem to REALLY freak some dogs out. One of ours ate thru the sheet rock in our laundry room trying to get out during Katrina. And she had massive runs....which isn't fun to clean up in the dark with a storm raging. Sick, scared dog + storm = BAD.
"Ya'll are brutalizing me!" - Ronwell Dobbs