For those of you that have no idea what it's like to prepare for a hurricane during work hours, here's a bit of info of the way we handle it here in Louisiana as we watch the progress of the storm based upon the hurricane's intensity:
Hurricane Category #1
No excuse for being late for work. Leave earlier to give extra time to
avoid fallen trees and limbs.
Hurricane Category #2
Due to the horizontal rain, you may wear jeans.
Hurricane Category #3
Whereas most of the area will be flooded we suggest you
avoid wearing open toe sandals when coming to work. Canoes will be
provided to get to the building safely without getting wet.
Hurricane Category #4
More than likely there will be no electricity. Given that, we
will have manual typewriters available to all staff members. Please take
extra caution and wear water-proof make-up if Category 4 or above.
Hurricane Category #5
Velcro will be provided to keep you attached to your chairs when
the windows blow out. For those that survive, we will have chocolate
cake at 3:00 pm in the kitchen.
wow i somehow have been too busy to watch the weather lately (yes, me, the crazy storm chasing, weather obsessed nut job here!!) and had no idea it was a Cat 4 now!! and projected to be a 5??? still heading straight at N.O.??? holy ****. You guys are in my prayers!!!! what day is it expected to make landfall?
I haven't had a chance to watch much news either. I have family in Pensacola, Florida. Does anyone know if they will be affected? They are right on the gulf, in the panhandle. I'm thinking they'll at least get a lot of rain and wind from this. I tried to contact them and haven't heard back.
Yeah, but you never know with hurricanes! They can be unpredictable and turn suddenly. So, they didn't evacuate you guys? I heard it's going to be pretty strong. Are you getting pretty nervous? Are you planning on leaving or are you going to try and sit it out?
I'll keep all of you in my prayers.
I am more nervous for this storm that I've ever been in my life, and believe me.......I've been through a ton of hurricanes.
My mom is elderly & on oxygen & a nebulizer. I stocked up on 8 oxygen tanks, and they don't use electricity, so that's okay. The nezulizer does, but we have an electrical converter for that. The heat will be bad for her. If it gets too unbearable, the neighbor across the street's electricity is hooked up w/the hospital, so it's never out long and we're welcome there. She's also running a little fever right now. So basically, I'm scared for my mom.
The second reason is that the storm's path is bending west. That puts us just east of the eye which is the worst place to be. Mom's house is strong and solid, but when you have tonados, it hardly matters.
There's a coolie running along her back yard. Posibility of that overflowing is great. New carpets will be the only good outcome of that. Snakes, alligators & many creatures could greet you at the door if this happens.
We have not evacuated, and won't unless manditory. We're 4 generations helping out each other w/whatever is needed. My sister has a gorgeous camp in Cypermore Point and flood ins there doesn't happen. They could loose everything. I went this morning to lug things from the 1st up to the 3rd level. An elevator would have been really nice. Ooh, my calves are gonna be sore!
So now, we just wait. For what? To see if it turns or if we need to run.
Just saw on the news the governor is ordering mandatory evacuation for all of New Orleans. They are calling this the storm of the century and that it could be worse than Katrina.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. enemy48, let us know when you can how everything fared there.
God be with you, my friend.
Surely your family in New Orleans has left, or will first thing in morning. It's mandatory!
I have family in Baton Rouge too. I'm so worried for them. Their house is weak and they're old. Baton Rouge is to the right of the storm......not good.
$4.00 for gas now? I freaked at $3.70. Others here thought that was low b/c apparently they've been paying more........but gas prices dropped to as low as $3.45, then all of a sudden, because of the storm, it went back up........at a time like this! That's really taking advantage of people. As it is, we have to stock up on canned foods ready to eat, batteries, emergency supplies, etc, and lots don't really have extra money for that.
They say gas prices will increase because of the storm because of the oil rigs that will be affected. I heard on the news, though, that they moved them out into deeper water. They said they learned their lesson from Katrina. They're hoping they can withstand the storm.
Take care, all. Come back and let us know how you all are doing when you can. God bless you all.
I'm praying for all of you. May God watch over you, your pets and your homes. This is just to scary.
These storms etc are all part of global warming. The nation/world really needs to do something fast. Alternate energy sources. etc.
Hurricane GUSTAV is 150 miles to our west (south west florida) and we just had a gust of wind that rocked the house and the tide is over the seawall. I'm in contiuned prayer for everyone in it's path...we have tornado watches currently and some gusts of heavy rain...stay safe everyone, get out of its way! learn from the past!
God richest Blessings
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS! THANK GOD THE HURRICANE WAS NOT AS BAD IN NEW ORLEANS METRO AREA! I RODE IT OUT! IVE BEEN THROUGH KATRINA, SO THIS WAS NOTHING!
THANKS AGAIN AND FOR ALL THE COMMENTS...YA'LL ARE SO SWEET!
IM SO LUCKY TO HAVE YA'LL!
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