I decided to ‘liveblog’ the storm even though this is a political blog and not a weather blog or a natural disaster, and it’s very unfortunate that some people want to mix weather or natural disasters with politics. It shouldn’t even be close to a political issue which is why I avoided talking about Hurricane Katrina when it happened.
However, I have some friends at the GOP convention so I’d thought I’d leave some updates for them.
They eye of the hurricane is over Houma now, leaving New Orleans just west of the eye. There is topping of the levees but WDSU has live footage of the levees and all appears fine.
In the Baton Rouge area, there is several trees being reported down. Downtown Baton Rouge has lost power but so far I haven’t lost power, but of course that’s just for the time being.
Gustav is a Cat2 storm. Fantastic news, much better than the CAT4 that was supposed to hit the shores.
I have to tell you the evacuation of New Orleans was far better than last time. During Hurricane Katrina I remember driving in the evacuated traffic, unaware that a hurricane was coming for us, and all I could see was traffic for miles as the storm came in.
This time, everybody was well aware of the hurricane coming towards us, the city evacuated but you couldn’t tell. I never saw the line of cars on the interstate. As far as hurricane prep, this could not have ran any smoother. The administrations of Bobby Jindal, Ray Nagin, and President Bush have done a fantastic thus far and none of them seem to be overwhelmed and we know Bobby Jindal is too hyperactive to take a nap.
I listened on my car radio when Bobby Jindal first made the order of evacuation. It was pure leadership. He had the sense of urgency but no sense of panic.
Ray Nagin seemed to be much more capable of handling a hurricane than he was last time, he’s stepped up into his role of leadership… though I have to admit I was a little confused when Nagin said the storm was going to hit at midnight Monday. I didn’t know if he meant Monday morning 12am or if he meant Monday night 12am. With Nagin, you have to be careful with these things.
11:38 am, lights flickering… Don’t know how much longer I’ll have power but power has been lost just a few blocks away from me. Trees are down and the worst is yet to come.