August 27, 2005

Boudicca Draws Her Sword... Hurricanes

I'm going to go on a couple 'o rants here. So sit back.

First, I am so sick and tired of hearing people from Miami say, "We didn't get enough notice!" OH yeah?! Well they got the same damn notice I did. Last I heard, the Weather folks continually gave us a large band as to where that 'cane could hit. They never said, "It is definitely hitting Palm Beach County". Never.

Listen carefully, my friends. I'll only say it once for all y'all who live in this fair state of Florida... when you look at the weather and there's a Big Damn Storm coming at your Coast... YOU GET READY AND ASSUME IT IS COMING RIGHT AT YOU!!!

Good Lord. People really piss me off. What do they expect, the frickin' Weather People to call them personally and say, "Excuse me, but did you buy your water?"


Here's a tip for all you that haven't been hit by a hurricane lately or don't live in hurricane country. ONE DOES NOT DRIVE IN TROPICAL FORCE STRENGTH WINDS OR RAIN. Guess what happens? Trees fall. They can crush your car. You can die.

End of story.

OH! And here's another tip for you... YOU DO NOT RIDE OUT A HURRICANE IN YOUR BOAT. Guess what happens? You die.

End of Story.

Yeah, Katrina was a deadly storm because someone ran into a felled tree, a tree fell on their car, or they decided to wait it out on their boat. PEOPLE WERE OUT IN IT.

It leaves me speechless.

I blogged about when I bought my food supplies in JULY. I bought my new battery operated lanterns in APRIL. I bought my water in JUNE. I had my kids in the house and we were NOT going anywhere as of 2PM on Thursday because I expected TS type winds to hit between 2 and 4.

Wait... did you catch that? I ASSUMED it was going to hit me. YES. I prepared for the worst (except I didn't put up my shutters), and hoped for the best. I got the best. Thankfully. This time. I didn't TWICE last year.

OK... off that rant and onto rant #2.

When Ivan was making its way into the Gulf last September, there was much fretting, gnashing of teeth, and wringing of hands that it would hit the city of New Orleans. Want to know how damn bad its going to be if Katrina truly hits New Orleans? I've heard... it is possible... that they don't have enough body bags. They have 10,000.

Now, I realize that it may have been said for effect, but I don't think it was. The bottom line is, New Orleans is a bowl below sea level and it is an IMPOVERSHED city. Many folks who live in the city, lets say... oh... 100,000, are POOR. I mean, don't own a car poor. How in the hell are they going to evac a Cat 4 coming into their city. The big one hits... the analysts predict FIFTY THOUSAND DEAD. That's right. A 5 and four zeros. 50,000.

I forsee a Modern Day Atlantis about to occur in Louisiana if Katrina does strike.

So herein lies my rant. The city of New Orleans better not botch this up. They've had ONE YEAR to come up with a contingency plan for those folks who can't evac. They GOT SPARED Ivan. SPARED!!!! They better not have sat around for the last frickin' year with their proverbial thumbs up their asses and done NOTHING! They HAD A YEAR TO PREPARE.

That's a helluva lot more than Pensacola had, but thankfully, Pensacola is not in the dire straights that New Orleans is in. New Orleans probably should never have been built in the first place.

So... I await to see what happens with Katrina. 72 hours is what it takes to evacuate New Orleans. It is slated to hit Monday, if it goes that route. Will they be spared yet again or is the Big Easy going down? We don't know, but I do know... they have less than 48 hours and we may find out how prepared they really are.

And for a little easy reading on New Orleans, from the Washington Post last year preparing for Ivan we have THIS. It is positively chilling... and one quote that should perk your ears: "The Red Cross has rated a hurricane inundating New Orleans as America's deadliest potential natural disaster -- worse than a California earthquake".

From another site I found, American RadioWorks is 5 pages of all... preparation and what happens if in fact the big one hits. Find it HERE. Equally if not more chilling and the quote from this one that should hit home for all you thinking it doesn't effect you: "if a killer hurricane does strike New Orleans, then you and the rest of the nation's taxpayers will have to pay the mind-boggling costs of dealing with the carnage and destruction. "

Want more? Just google New Orleans Hurricane Body Bags. You'll get a plethora of grim information. I can't seem to find the one I read last year that said something to the effect that if New Orleans were to take a hit it and people were to survive the massive flooding, they would find themselves floating in water filled with chemicals, waste, fire ants, and bodies.

Lovely. Just lovely. I hope New Orleans heeded last year's warning. I really do.

Posted by Boudicca at August 27, 2005 09:27 PM | TrackBack

As I've been reading about Katrina I've gotten just as pissed off as you are. What are people thinking?!?! Oh wait. They're not! I remember last year - I almost lost my job because I wouldn't work when we were getting TS force winds in my territory. Didn't care. I can get a new job. A new me? Not so easy.

And I'm terribly worried about NO. I've got the weather channel on my "other channel" and keep flipping back and forth. Like you said - they better have taken advantage of this past year to put together a feasable plan.

Posted by: Tammi at August 27, 2005 09:55 PM

I'm down in south Alabama...part of the 'planning' I hear for NO is: open the SuperDome. Do the doors to that place seal tight? Otherwise, for once the 'nosebleed' seats will be 'prime property'. They've already got the interstates coming in reversed to run out. However, at this point, it's taking 24 hours to get from NO to Jackson MS...normally 4-5 hours tops. God be with those people!!!

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at August 27, 2005 11:05 PM

That's pretty scary about New Orleans. I knew that it was below sea level, but I never realized how unprepared they are. I hope they've figured something out by now...

As for people in hurricanes--I'm always amazed at the stupidity shown. I've lived in Florida (Ft Myers) and in coastal N. Carolina, and have been through a few hurricanes myself. There's always some dumbass who won't listen, won't prepare or leave. I find it hard to have any sympathy for them--something about clearing out the gene pool, ya know?

Posted by: Julie at August 28, 2005 08:22 AM

I concur about the fools in Miami. Ihave not been in Miami in over fiteen years and that ain't all-if I never go there again it will be to damn soon.I think that the rest of Florida should just divore itself from Miami and build a hugh retaining wall around it and let the nuts just take care of themselves.

Posted by: GUYK at August 28, 2005 08:55 AM

You can see Darwin's Theory at work just prior to and during a hurricane.

Posted by: TGOO at August 28, 2005 10:42 AM

My oldest step daughter - in her 30's, with 2 young children - called me during Katrina. They were, and still are, without power down in Kendall. She had nada: no matches, no batteries, no water, no ready to eat foods.

I sat silent through every excuse in the book, from "work kept me until 5:30pm" to "...this storm came up too quickly".

When I finally spoke, it was difficult to keep my rage from showing... "WHO went with me through Andrew? WHO is responsible for 2 kids?"

Like you said, if you live in an at-risk coastal area, your window is June-November, period. That is when we must be prepared.

God Bless and keep New Orleans. Sustained winds are up to 175mph.

Posted by: pam at August 28, 2005 10:57 AM

Guess I should have read further down before leaving the comment above. You know exactly what those unfortunate souls in NOLA are facing.

Posted by: Christina at August 28, 2005 11:47 AM

Riding out a cat one in a boat made for blue water is not all that bad. But thesenuts were trying to ride out the storm while tied up at a pier-that is nuts. I used to take mine out of the slip and and anchor it fore and aft with lots of line so it could ride it out but I took the dhingy back to the pier and got the hell out of the weather.

Posted by: GUYK at August 28, 2005 05:48 PM