hey...just woke up--and I'm still shaking my head at the small miracle I saw take place as I watched this thing drop so much power so quickly--and take a miraculous toggle to the west. At the time I posted this, We were looking at a category 4 with the potential for horrific damage. While of course, we prefer NO one take the brunt of a direct hit, the way this one entered coastal La. was a blessing--if you look at a map, you will see that folks in my part of the state--southeastern coast-- have no way to evacuate--we are basically pockets of islands connected by low lying highways and bridges. I think I fell out about 6 a.m. after a "feeder band" type squall hit us--and we received Tornado WARNINGS, (not a watch, but actual sightings) sometimes 3 at a time. We are facing several problems with levee breeches. The effects of the storm surge and tides are still not apparent. As I type, the National Guard is evacuating a town called Montegut which is going under--about 4 feet of water--so, I'm watching the news m'self. The news reports water rising in southeast La...still very far away from me, at about a foot an hour. So--we lucked out thus far with wind damage, etc. Now I have to watch the tides. But I have my fingers crossed--at 6 a.m. the levee that most concerns my neighborhood still had 1 foot before topping the levee--as the effects of tidal surge travel inland--we are obviously still holding our breath. We still get some pretty good wind gusts now and then--but nothing like 5 a.m. Scary, scary scary stuff...Thanks to all who stayed up with me--I'll be checking in--looks like more heavy rains are coming in our way.
And thank you all--I'm just exhausted from worry, and anxiety--AND PACING. And even tho the scenario is much better than it was (had it come our way, we would have been facing a 20 ft. storm surge--a wall of water that would have been impossible for our levee system to contain) and truly, even right now, the levees are still questionable in many areas.
And? Here comes the rain again...THANK YOU ALL for prayers and holding my hand.
So...the word is? Minimal damage thus far to Greater New Orleans area--but? It ain't over yet. Later, good poets!