The storm is expected to be a cat 2 or 3 when it crosses this latitude. It's not expected to drop to tropical storm status until it crosses the Tennessee line.
that's still not too good. are you guys prepared for that sort of thing up there? i mean, down here, we just put down the shutters, make sure we have water, flashlights, and a radio. in fact, my shutters are still down from katrina -- we're too lazy to put them back up. god knows it'll be another one next week, right?
but at least you won't be getting the full force of it. i live on the coast here, so we always have "fun" hurricane experiences. the only bit we have to slow them down is the bahamas.
Areas of central Mississippi (and those areas haven't been precisely pinpointed yet) are expected to endure hours of tropical storm and hurricane force winds.
during frances last year, it felt like we were getting pummeled for 8 hours or more. i actually lost confidence in my front door because it was rattling so much. i got up and tied it shut with an extension cord. (not like we had power anyways) it can be scary when it's going for hours on end.
anyways. stay safe, good luck, and watch out for downed power lines.
wanna know what *I* saw down here in florida right before frances hit? i'll do one better than describing it. i'll show you. i took a picture.
it's a little unusual, yes. normally hurricane rain bands and cloud patterns come in walls. this one ws choppy. but it's hardly anything really unusual.
your guy is just a crackpot. he's seeing stuff that just isn't there, as demonstrated by the fact that he needs labels. 90% of those are pretty ordinary cloud formations.
The same guy pretty much predicted this year a massive Cat 5 would be steered directly at our Gulf oil production centers.
i could have told you that. in fact, i bet next year, we'll get two big hurricanes, at least one slamming into the panhandle. it's called "a safe bet." we're in a period of high hurricane activity right now. it'll be that way for a few years. it comes and goes, really.
i was thinking about this earlier today, from the perspective of having been through something similar but much much smaller.
bill maher showed two pictures with their captions last night on his show, one of a black "looter" who "stole" food and drinks from a flooded grocery store, and the other of two white "people" who "found" food and water at a flooded grocery store. he was trying to highlight racism in the media or something.
but here's the point -- people are taking food and water. i heard on npr that the citizens aren't complaining about the looters, becuase the looters are bringing them supplies. so i was thinking that's a pretty fair trade off. if i'm starving and deprived of everything similar to civilization, i'll gladly trade my non-working tv for some food. and i'll laugh about the bargain i just made -- what good is a tv in a flood?
is capitalism and the market economy of flooded stores, and the integrity of demolished homes so sacred that we actually care about junk that's not even useful anymore?
then it dawned on me, really. tv's ARE useful. they're a source of information. if they work, and if someone has a generator, it's a way to keep in touch with the outside world. when you're sitting in the dark, with no a/c, no food, nothing to do, and the civilization around you in shambles the flow of information is the only thing that keeps people sane.
that's why people there are so furious. they don't know what's happening. they don't know when they're going to be rescued, or when life will return to normal. the uncertainty is overwhelming, and angry and frustration are the results. when frances hit, we were glued to our radio for a week. we wanted all the information we could get. we wanted to know where the power trucks were, when we'd have gas, when fema was coming.....
that's why people are stealing tv's. because tv's and radios ARE a neccessity in a disaster.
cuba is also used to having hurricanes, and bearing the brunt of the force of them, too. here in florida, we're a little less prepared. people in mobile homes or on the coast tend to evacuate either north or west. we tend to count on cuba and the bahamas to slow hurricanes down a little.
i live about 15 feet above sea level, maybe a mile and a half inland. we have a nice set of barrier islands here, which help. we also have lots and lots of drainage canals. i live in a solid concrete block house. we're reasonably well assured that we can take just about anything the western coast of africa throws at us. storm surge never comes this far inland or this high. wind and rain do pretty much nothing. they only REAL concern is pressure -- enough wind and the roof pops off because of the bernuli effect. it's bolted down according to code, but in a big enough storm that hardly matters.
we've never evacuated once. we might have been in the evacuation zoen for frances, but we might not. i forget. we've ridden out every hurricane we've ever had come our way, but never really had a direct hit. we sit pretty confident here -- we laughed katrina off.
cuba is VERY prepared. we're sorta prepared, but not really.
nola was not prepared at all.
This message has been edited by arachnophilia, 09-05-2005 06:28 AM