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New Orleans, Hurricanes and Poets - Update - Karen, see #435

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Sunshine
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0 posted 08-27-2005 05:14 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Serenity has checked in.  They're batting down the hatches and plan to ride out the latest storm. She says they're one of the lucky ones - they have gas utilities.

Let's keep her and our other Louisiana poets in our prayers while they wait out this newest storm.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/?feed=TopNews&article=UPI-1-20050827-1146 5300-bc-us-katrina-1stld.xml

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (09-04-2005 12:19 PM).]

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Yawp, I told her to dig out the lamp oil and candles, batteries, anything one can put fresh water into, get sand bags and finish boarding up.  Wasn't sure about cooking everything possible in the fridge/freezer, since I'm not sure how she will be affected.  I'm in Arizona now, but was raised in coastal Texas, during the hayday of Texan hurricanes during the 70's.  And some lessons you never forget.
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Well, I'm trying to look on the bright side.

Our porch is clean for the first time since we moved in. ?

And trust we are all taking this very seriously, and prayers of all denominations are being gratefully requested.

And I'll be checking in, cause ya'll know I won't break down the pc until I haveta.

And hey? Pray for everyone along the gulf coast.

Here in New Orleans the concern is the amount of rain this one is packing, as our friends in Florida well know.

speaking of which, shouldn't Balladeer be checking in?

Check in buddy.

Love to all.
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Gosh I heard this on the news last night, I can't believe there 's another...you know I have you all in my prayers and thoughts.

with HUGS

Maree


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we're keeping a close eye on this thing over here in the panhandle

praying for those in New Orleans and along the miss/ala coast...it seems the panhandle might dogde the bullet on this one

having been through Ivan and the much kinder Dennis, I can relate for sure, the stress, the fear, the aggravation of it all

I'm praying for all of us

Karen, if power goes out, please find a way to keep in touch and let us know you are okay.
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here's a link to the national hurricane center so we can all keep up with the latest advisories
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
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Stay safe and check in.
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7 posted 08-27-2005 08:42 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Well, this one is pretty scary.

So...although total evacuation isn't an option for us, we do have an ace up our sleeve.

If necessary, we can evacuate into New Orleans (nice, huh? ) as the hubby works for LSUMC, and well? He's got the keys. Concrete and steel sounds good to me 'bout now.

So I should be around tonight, but if I'm absent tomorrow, it could be I'm there. (And I ain't goin' without my momma either. If twist is reading this, she'll tell her that. )

Thank you all so much for keeping me company, and the prayers? Well, I've seen what prayer can do, so I'm grateful to you all.

smoooooooooches



with love,

from chickensplit serenity
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Be very careful there.  According to some studies from LSU, you could be looking for at least 16' of water.  That's not a typo.  Feet, not inches.
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I'm keeping my fingers crossed for everyone! And hoping your cars are boats
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I heard 20 feet.  Latest report.

Where's the skip when you need it?

Or is that dinghy?
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16 feet of water!  I thought she was kidding!   Good grief you guys take cover down there, what a worry.  Doesn't this hurricane season ever stop?  I just saw the tail end of something on the news, and realized you were not kidding Karen, stay safe you guys!

Wishing all our friends in those areas a safe walk through this one.

I went to this site, which is close to Karen, to keep an eye on me other twin and family, if you'd care to look.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ifps/MapClick.php?MapType=3&site=lix&CiTemplate=1&map.x=1   79&map.y=157

This includes webcams in the New Orleans area:
http://www.nola.com/  and this is the hurricane site there in New Orleans: http://www.nola.com/hurricane/
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karen...please get to a better building

where G works yes
concrete and steel...

and sigh
driving home from work...way up here north
they are even talking about the
New Orleans mentality...so many people deciding to just "let the good times roll"
instead of get OUT

dont want another Betsy

thinking of you...and others down there

please be smart and safe
nothing can happen to you yanno?
distraught vikings are a ghastly sight

sigh
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Praying for ya, Karen. I've been without power for 2 1/2 days....just got it back a few minutes ago..don't take any chances with this one!
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Katrina sounds like she's going to be a bad one. If you can't evacuate, please take ALL precautions...this is not going to be fun!

Please..when this thing is over, someone get us some info...it's hard not knowing what's going on....


Be safe - (Karen! I'll be praying for you and your family.)
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Serenity I will be praying for you as well as the rest of our fellow pipers caught in this. ps are you having any hurricane parties yet? or are you not a true cajun?
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Well I couldn't stand the suspense or worry, and called her.  They are still at home right now but have that option if she can get her Mom and Sister to go to George's work location.  They are deciding whether to leave or stay early tomorrow.  They have to be able to get across a bridge, and the plus side is they are behind a secondary levee (a big hill they build to keep the rivers back I understand,) if they can't leave.

She is being funny as usual, you know Karen, and she said, "I laughed at the lady next door who said, "When I saw the witch was taking in her plants I knew I had to evacuate!"  Karen claims she has always left her plants up before, so it scared her neighbour I guess.  I know they are scared too, and everyone in the household is getting ready for a big one.

I told her I would call her tomorrow for an update, at home or mobile, as we were all worried about her.

I also wondered about Toerag?  Isn't he in the line of fire too?

Karen said, she would try to get online and check in with everyone, but I read her all your caring comments.  Hate to see a distraught Viking.      

Karen:  If you do come on, they may open up the Superdome, maybe worth looking into?
http://www.nola.com/newslogs/weather/

Because the storm is so big, Nagin said, the Superdome may be used as a shelter of last resort for people who have no cars, with city bus pick-up points around New Orleans.

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and most of that was pretty accurate, too!*laughing*

smiles and hugs

thank you, Sharon! I love ya lady!

and thanks all, and please know we're doing all we're able to do for the time being.

And, I just had to say this, soulfisher? I am a cajun, as staunch and ready as any viking. But we took a vote, and we (the cajun) all decided that after that nasty little Canadian exodus (we prefer "exodus" to "exile") we decide when to leave.

and um, yep, most of us figger that time may be about now-- --but?

we decide that, for sure, tomorrow.

In the meantime there are things to be done and we're doing 'em.

It's not a party lovie. No offense meant, it's just not.

And thanks Mike, for checking in.

and m'vilya....?

and damn ya'll are good.

thanks

ta for now...

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None taken serenity and I am sorry if I offended you. I just remember growing up in louisianna any time a hurricane rolled in all the family would get toghether and roast a pig and boil crawfish and throw a huge party until it ended. and wascurious if things like that still went on. But if your by a levee I understand the seriousnes. sorry
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thank you lovie
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I am at work in Cameron, Louisiana and will be heading home sometime Sunday to my wife who presently is all alone at home about 60 miles North of New Orleans.
Working all night Saturday and driving most of the day Sunday...Paul

Karen...Since we are coon ass neighbors be safe. I will be thinking of you

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul
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Paulie?

When you have time, you'll have to tell me how you navigated those roads.

and speaking of being neighbors? I know another rental house. CHEAP. *cackle*

I'm bad.

you, too, check in, when possible lovie, k?

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I just woke up and hey...it's a category five.

Mother Nature has a royal flush.

I think it's time we toss the cards and get the hell out.

sigh

This is hard for me, (I've never left before) but harder will be convincing my mother--cause I ain't going without her! (
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Category Five Karen! Get the HECK to a safe place. Get some rope and hog-tie your mama to your vehicle and get too safety!! The outerbands should start hitting later today and then it may be too late. PLEASE take shelter.

This could be a massive hurricane for this area..and don't forget the repurcussions inland afterwards..there will be a great chance of tornadoes all the way up the middle of the US as the storm moves upward.

Time to GO! I'll be praying for you all.
 
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