Everything locally started grinding to a halt starting yesterday. The petrochemical industry is shutting down units (higher energy prices), stores are closing, people are leaving, open store shelves are emptying, and the general consensus is we'll catch the brunt of a hurricane.
A few things could change this: The storm could weaken, which is usually does as it travels into the shallow waters of the Gulf in this area. The path could shift a few dozen miles to the east, which will lessen the winds, or the storm could weaken considerably due to the air being fed to the storm is very dry. We won't know, until tonight.
The weather dweebs are salivating. It's somewhat embarrassing to watch, as their excess saliva spills onto their rain. They have to keep the show moving, so they have conjectured their reports to the point of fantasy. The field reporters will stand in the wind, as they try to keep their footing, and sheets of building fly by their heads. The locals will shake their heads, and tip their remaining cold beer to salute the
insanity prowess of those willing to brave the hurricane, with the knowledge their makeup is waterproof.
All in all, it will be another adventure in life. I suppose I should be used to this, but I'm not. The cleanup, lack of supplies, lack of electricity, cold baths, and general fatigue of the event leads to a sorry attitude, which only good scotch will remove.
It's 12:52 am. The eye is making landfall about 80 miles to the east. The winds at this location are 93 mph with gusts to 114. In my location the wind is about 25 with gust to 35. The winds are supposed to rise a little more. We're on the west side of the storm, so we're receiving only light rain and no thunderstorms.
Radar shows Lake Charles, Louisiana is about to get pounded. Hopefully those folks are prepared, and the damage will be minimal.
you're looking at it the wrong way..HURRICANE PARTY!!!!more scotch!...you do have a goodly supply, right?ReplyDelete
It works during the storm, but in the oppressive heat afterward, it makes the hangover worse.Delete
Here's hoping you and yours weather the storm safely.ReplyDelete
According to the weather dweebs, it will be a category 4. According to experience, the interaction with land, and the shallow coast, will probably be a strong category 1.Delete
I told my kids here in MN to top off your gas tanks. Gas is going to go up..Sure enough 24 hrs later it went up .20 a gallon.ReplyDelete
There were a substantial number of refineries inflicted. Considering the storm path, those in Lake Charles, La. will take longer to bring back on line.Delete
After 38 years living in Florida, I quickly learned to respect hurricanes. Also learned that the local reporters would have been better with less self-created drama. Just the facts, please.ReplyDelete
Hope recovery for you is minimal.
We dodged the bullet. We received winds around 30 sustained, with gusts to near fifty. I stayed awake until 4:30 am to insure the last of the rain bands passed to the northeast.Delete
I remember Ike.
I'm good. Work will be a different story. The office is 40 miles to the east, and photos show roof sheets missing from our dry storage area. That, and electricity may be weeks in the future.Delete