This area is still rebuilding after Katrina. Doesn't look good at this point.
If you live in this area, I hope you are preparing to evacuate.
(off topic, but worth noting)
Katrina was a rough one, but it was Kathleen Blanco to blame for not accepting help from G.W. Bush and the government until it was a day too late. Bobby Jindel will do a much better job with how the area handels this storm not only from history but for his current plans taking effect now.
Who ever thought we would ever get a Katrina 2?
Good luck to other buzzers, who live in the disaster path also.
Charley *** Edited 8/31/2008 3:30:54 AM UTC by Audioslaved***
These tropical systems are popping up off of Africa like they are coming off an assembly line.
Hanna is the next one to worry about.
It is horrible that the same things happen to the same people, because life is still not the same for many, and this may set them back even more years than possible. I hope somehow the storm is not as bad and that people can come back to everything they have and hold dear. May God bless all of you and keep you safe.
I just read an interesting article that suggests that planetary atmosphere may actually experience a cooling trend over the next decade or so. The Atlantic and Pacific decadal oscillations, great oceanic heat reservoirs, are set to switch back to negative in the next couple year (if models are correct). This will serve to counterbalance global warming caused by our pumping greenhouse gases into the atmo.
In no way does this gainsay global warming. Whatever time this event will buy us will be more than offset when the decadal oscillations swing back to the positive in a decade or so. At that point, models suggest global warming will rev into overdrive in a manner we can't even begin to understand. There are a few meteorologically inclined folks on this site, especially Walt. I'd be interested in getting their take on this.
I'd pray for the folks of New Orleans, but I'd think their best bet is to get the hell out of there ASAP.
1. My local talk radio station reported yesterday that they have been monitoring the local news station in New Orleans via the net. They reported that 50% of the persons calling into the news room were inquiring for the locations of the new FEMA offices to sign up for Gustav benefits. They were also requesting the phone number to the Red Cross to give them their address where to start delivering their meals.
Gustav is still on the south side of Cuba not even in the Gulf area but yet the New Orleans people already want their new checks and delivered hot meals for a storm in the Carribean.
2. Several nurses I work with have patients and patient family members who are transplanted New Orleans Katrina evacuees. They were telling us at the office of how multiple families were getting together, packed in cars to return to New Orleans before the storm hits so they can establish a residence there to draw FEMA benefits from Gustav since Katrina benefits run out in March of 09.
The good news: It looks like 95% of the city has been evacuated.
I've got a friend who's a Red Cross volunteer, and she mentioned to me that she's already been tapped to go down to New Orleans as soon as Tuesday.
People aren't messing around with this storm.
My prayers go out to all of you who will be affected!
Glad to see that everyone is taking this storm much more seriously...
It sucks that I brought this up again, but this same area might get hit again with Ike.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
I was just watching all of this on the news. Many prayers and well-wishes go out to those who are in the paths! Be safe and check in when you can!
I Don't like Ike! :(
Turks and Caicos virtually wiped out, Haiti devastated even further, Cuba in the crosshairs...everyone in the Caribbean basin is in need at this point. Given the gulf temperatures (and likely strengthening), when Ike hits the U.S. there will be lots of damage. If that should come too close to New Orleans, the area's recovery could suffer a crippling setback. Al Gore's message was right.
^ As much as Gore makes some good points, I don't want to get political here, as I don't totally agree with him.
Back on topic...
It's possible Ike might be as bad or WORSE than Katrina. I've got a friend who's down outside of New Orleans right nlow working with the Red Cross. It's possible my dad may be heading down there, as his work involves infastructure (power lines and utility trucks).
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