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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Boomr/Katrina News

Update: Boomr is hanging in Gulfport, MS. The latest strike probabilities from SRH:
MOBILE AL 40
GULFPORT MS 54
BURAS LA 77
NEW ORLEANS LA 59
NEW IBERIA LA 28

This is for the storm coming within 65 nautical miles of the named location. It's never a good idea to try to ride through a hurricane in a place named "Gulfport". You want to try for something like "Wayinland".
End Update.

I'm so glad I checked my email. Boomr sent a note saying he got out of New Orleans. He was in Gulfport this morning and probably heading further along. I would say that is an extremely good plan. He also writes with some ruefulness that his workplace may well be "cleared" so that he may be out of contact for a few days. Hurricane-induced urban renewal is not a good thing. What they were told:
This could be the "big one" that turns New Orleans into Venice, and the southeast Louisiana coast into Atlantis. It's pretty much the worst case scenario.
May I point out that this is a really good example to all those who think (like The Daughter In Question of Mamacita) that calling and writing is not necessary? It is. Boomr, I take back every disrespectful thing I ever said about you. Every last one. Keep moving and go inland. The last bulletin (7 PM):
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTH CENTRAL GULF COAST FROM MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA EASTWARD TO THE ALABAMA/FLORIDA BORDER...INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 230 MILES. SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE ALREADY OCCURRING OVER THE SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA COAST.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 18 TO 22 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS...LOCALLY AS HIGH AS 28 FEET...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL.
No kidding, pray for this one to break up. Sustained winds are still near 160 mph.

Tracking maps small and large.


Comments:
I haven't heard from him today, but I am hoping that they moved on. His parents house is only a couple blocks from the shoreline.

Luckily, Mr. and Mrs. D are not the "we will stick it out" types, so my guess is they headed east.
 
He emailed last night and said that there was a curfew and that they were going to ride it out. He said that the house withstood a direct hit from Camille in the 1960's, so....

If they didn't leave last night there is no chance they could have gotten out this morning.
 
Damn- I really hoped they had left.
 
Gulfport is reporting up to 10 feet of water on the streets. Boomr is one of my best friends and his parents always treated me as one of their own. Needless to say, I am not happy to hear that they decided to stay. I was in Maine all weekend and didn't have cell phone or e-mail access.
 
Yes, well, I heard this last night and have been uncomfortable ever since.

The storm surge is so high and this storm is so large that it cannot be compared to other hurricanes. I feel for all who are in its path.
 
Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!
 
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