2005-08-29 06:05 pm (UTC)
Lady Crescent, please live
I'm stunned, and extremely upset. In fact I'm crying right now.
Last night one of my best friends in the world, who doesn't evacuate, finally decided to get the hell out (and THANK GOD). I spoke to him last as he was clearing Baton Rouge at 9pm, so I'm pretty sure he reached Texas before the worst hit. Though, he had to leave his beloved cat behind. I am so worried about those who decided to stay - especially those who remained in their homes, of which there are plenty.
New Orleans is the most beautiful, amazing, magical city in the US, if not the world. It's the kind of place that makes you fall in love with it, which I did so many years ago when I lived there. They used to tell us every season about the "worst case scenario", which was this apocalyptic warning of widespread and permanent destruction of some of the oldest history in this country, which would happen if a Category 5 ever struck. No one really believed that would ever happen within their lifetimes, one reason being that there is a voodoo protection spell cast over the city yearly to protect it from just such an eventuality. New Orleans is vulnerable, built as it is precariously upon swampy land which sinks constantly but gradually. This really could be it for the city. We may see irreversible loss.
Though it appears to have taken the brunt of the storm, latest reports from residents who decided to stay (because yes, there are those who would rather go down with their city than abandon her to the floods, and I don't blame them - not to mention those who have no choice but to stay) are saying that flooding isn't as bad as expected, considering the worst of the storm has passed. However, there is the storm surge to contend with, which may account for an unbelievable amount of destruction and death within the next few hours.
You know, I always thought I'd go before my beautiful city did. Hang on. Please hang on.
2005-08-29 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Lady Crescent, please live
I'm sad inside over the damage, since I've walked through there and enjoyed the city, as well as Biloxi and Gulfport.
I've walked that beach in Mississippi, and the area by the Gulf is beautiful. Mobile, Alabama, was also affected with massive flooding in the lower-level downtown area.
New Orleans holds a lot of early history in the buildings and landmarks of the United States.
It appears that some of it will be lost, as the latest report I noticed mentions that 30,000 homes were lost.
There are blast holes in the high-rise buildings in New Orleans. As if the city were home to a small-scale war.
It could have been far worse for the city, but this is quite enough, as Katrina has retained its general cell, and Birmingham and Atlanta are next.
2005-08-30 01:55 am (UTC)
It Was Worse Than I Expected from Earlier Reports.
They just played footage of the aftermath in Louisiana on ABC during the Monday Night Football game.
The north side of every high-rise, including the Hyatt near the Superdome, all of the buildings have completely blown-out windows.
The flood waters extend up to the top of a regular 1-story building. They're rescuing people from rooftops.
2005-08-31 03:33 am (UTC)
Not to Mention, Some of My Relatives.
I didn't mention it before this, but I have a few distant relatives who live around the area that was thumped worst, through Mississippi and Louisiana.
I'm still waiting to hear from my dad on what happened. At least one of them I'm starting to become concerned, given the aftermath reports.
2005-08-29 08:36 pm (UTC)
Bleh, the news blows everything outta proportion.
So no one can be expected to take them seriously when the real thing hits.
Yeah, CNN was interviewing a couple kids in Baton Rouge from LSU, but Weather Channel had a few guys right near New Orleans in some high-rise buildings. They did a pretty good job at sorting out the nonsense from the pure information.
2005-08-29 10:02 pm (UTC)
I must say the weather channel is a strange bunch.
When the 3 hurricanes plowed right through here last year the weather channel is the last plast I'd look for real information on the storm.
If you wanna see idiots getting thrown around in the rain I'd reccomend FOX, MSNBC, or CNN
Hahaha, I took one look at that LSU interview and said "no, thanks."
I kept following Jim Cantore on WC as he had to leave the parking lot, followed by cell phone or land-line reports that the parking lot had flooded over the tops of SUVs, then mentions of the building getting barricaded, et cetera . . . Jim wasn't a happy camper toward the end before I dozed off.
2005-08-29 10:28 pm (UTC)
Someone Set Up Us the Flood. We Get Signal.
Oh, I also love how hurricanes in FL are no big deal, but New Orleans hurricanes are billed as Sodom and Gomorrah combined. Gotta love the biblical references by the various people invterviewed. What about smaller towns, which were probably trashed far worse than the city?
Note that I'm not trying to undercut the relative chaos and upset over any area that gets hit by a hurricane. It's probably a nightmare to experience for the first time.
Speaking of which, the eurasian tsunami was mentioned a lot today, which of course has nothing to do with the massive flooding in the South. Still, you can't blame people for making the connections, I guess.
What's next, a batch of mile-long tornadoes to sweep away Las Vegas?
Or, for that matter, Birmingham and Atlanta. That thing's still kickin' fierce as a hurricane, so there's probably more damage reports on the way.
Oh, I found this data collection of eurasian tsunami images and videos. Unlike the hurricane, of which they generally give at least a handful of hours with warning, the tsunami in that region clearly was a total surprise to many, even some locals, who had never witnessed such an event.http://www.nodalpoint.net/tsunami/
Of course, I believe that the added drama from the newscasts in favor of facts probably was due to the intial 'authorities' who billed Katrina as a disaster of "biblical proportions." Drama's good, but it's best reserved from blogs and people who are concerned about others that they know in the area.
Also, I think the potential for the storm as a Class 5, given that the levees and the surrounding New Orleans area only had precautions built for up to Class 3, coupled with the possibility that the storm could have theoretically wiped out the city and killed thousands, probably had something to do with the massive coverage, as opposed to the 'no surprise' consensus when another storm hits Florida.
People in the US went bonkers over the loss of thousands in the attacks on 9/11. Anything that potentially could destroy over hundreds of lives in an area not known for doing so tends to get this kind of attention.
Drama's good, but it's best reserved for blogs and people who are concerned about others that they know in the area.
The looting of the South is in progress in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.