shrimpton - 4/7/2006 7:58 AM
What's the last minute?.
The devastation that hurricanes caused last year,and the projections (as above) for worse this year should surely ring alarm bells to all.
Why would you not move out of imminent harms way?.
When I was in the Navy I went through a hurricane off the Carolina coast in the early 1970's, east of the appropriately named, Cape Fear. We didn't pass through the eye of the storm, just along the NE side where we encountered seas up to 55 ft and hurricane force winds. It was for only a couple of hours, but it made a believer out of me. When I see a major storm coming I pack for travel.
We stayed home for Katrina & Rita. We barely got any wind from Katrina while 100 miles away and to the East, the Mississippi Gulf Coast was getting obliterated. That was surreal.
Then for Rita we were all packed but decided to stay when Rita failed to come even farther west. It came ashore about 60-70 miles from here, but this time to the west. In general in the northern hemisphere, the most damaging winds and storm surge are on the northeastern limb while in the southern hemisphere, the coriolus effect is reversed, I think, resulting in the storm spinning the opposite direction and the force is also concentrated opposite ours.
For Rita we received very strong winds that gusted above hurricane strength and we also received a few inches of rain in a couple of hours at my home. Meanwhile, the storm surge stretched from Galveston Bay (a foot or two) to New Orleans about 200 miles away, which nearly lost a couple of recently repaired levees.
If politicians had a bit of integrity they'd not repair or restore areas to allow folks to return. One guy in Congress, Denny Hastert, had the balls to say that on the Floor of the House. He got so beat-up and abused by both parties that he shut up. His colleagues and the President got the word on that one and were all falling all over themselves to distance themselves from Hastert's comments. Next thing ya know, the President is promising to build it all back.
Politics sometimes is unhelpful.