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Isidore

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Thanks Tom. I hate this time of the year. The hurricane season ends in about 1 1/2 months and the most active time of the season is near the end. The next 24 hrs are going to be a nail biter for sure. Evacuating for Hurricane Georges was a disaster in itself as the interstate was clogged for hours. I evacuated to a 35 floor bldg.....not a good idea but it beat overheating the car on I-10. As a result of what happened before, the emergency officials and state police will allow only outgoing traffic on both sides of the interstate. If we have to evacuate, this will be the first time that the interstate will be used like that and I have a feeling that it will be chaos. :\ 8-{}
 

Tranplanner

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I think the New Orleans evacuation plan was featured in a recent article in the ITE Journal. They definitely face some major logistical problems trying to evacuate that many people, in so short a time.

Have fun!!!!
 

Chet

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In the very early '70's my family lived in Maryland and we stayed through Hunnicane Agnes. As a 'lil tyke it scared the buh-jeezus out of me, and I remember siding and roofing missing from the house. I don't envy you, but the other 46 weeks of the year are probably worth it since you dont get blizzards like we do!

Take care Planderella!
 
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In fall of 99 they evacuated the carolina coast for a hurricane, can't remember which, and floods of people headed upstate. In Anderson, people were just showing up at the convention center, sleeping on the floor, after spending 13 hours in their car. I was working my second job at Books a Million, and people were telling stories of traffic just stopped on the highway, people with kitty litter boxes in their rear windows, road side ultimate frisbee games. At least in a blizzard you get to stay in your own house. Good luck, Planderella, we'll be thinking about you.
 

Habanero

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I survived Andrew in South Florida. Good luck to you, I hope it doesn't get that bad. I remember having to take my dog outside during the eye of the storm, it was so creepy. We stayed out for 5 minutes and then ran back inside. I slept in the hall with my family and when we finally emerged we realized how lucky we were to still have our house. Stay safe!
 
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Thanks! I've been fortunate to have lived here all my life and never had to live through a direct hit from a hurricane. My older family members haven't been so lucky.
 

pete-rock

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Didja see the "disappearing coast" article?

Wish you the best of luck, Planderella. I'm looking at the Weather Channel as I write this and they're saying Isidore's headed right your way.

You know, I saw on Planetizen an article about the flooding of the Mississippi Delta in South Louisiana and the actual loss of land being like losing a football field every 30 minutes (putting it in football terms is one way of calling it to the attention of Louisianians!). Not to be overly pessimistic, but is there talk that a direct hit from a strong hurricane could mean the end of New Orleans?
 

Habanero

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oh, and as a tribute to you Planderella, while at the Redfish chain yesterday for lunch I corrected the waiter when he said, "would you like to try to New Orleeeeans pasta today?" and I said, "No, but I'd like to try the N'awlins pasta today."

I hope the traffic isn't too much of a headache-
 

El Feo

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Stay safe Planderella!!

As for a hurricane destroying New Orleans, SURELY God would have been pissed off enough to do it before now if He was ever gonna...;)
 

Dan

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I haven't experienced any hurricanes yet, but it seems as if most folks in Orlando stay put for the duration. When you look at the construction of most houses -- veneer-covered cinder block, strapped to rebar in the foundation -- you get the feeling that it'll take a lot more to knock a wall down than a 100 MPH wind.

BTW, here's what it's looking like in LA now. We're thinking of you, Planderlla!

 
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If hit Izzy hits, then this city will be underwater for weeks despite the "sophisticated" levee system and pumping stations. It's coordinates haven't changed much in the past few hours, except for the fact that it's slowing down. That's not a good thing because if it hangs out in the Gulf for too long, it'll gain strength and then really wreck some havoc.
 

Journeymouse

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hey, at least you guys get warnings. I'm not sure that you can really compare your hurricane season to the UK getting hit about every 5 years (when they manage to make it over the Atlantic), but the UK Met. Office tends to not recognise them when they see them...
 
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It looks like Isidore will remain a tropical storm and not strengthen up to hurricane status. The New Orleans area will get a lot of rain and will be under a tornado watch for a while. :\ It appears as if we've been spared again. At any rate, I'll be home tomorrow! Whew! :)
 

Jeff

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My wife was actually supposed to be going to N.O. today, until Sunday with work. They had to cancel everything, hotels, flights, riverboats, some parade on the French Quarter, and a bunch of other stuff.
 

Mastiff

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Mike DeVuono said:
My wife was actually supposed to be going to N.O. today, until Sunday with work. They had to cancel everything, hotels, flights, riverboats, some parade on the French Quarter, and a bunch of other stuff.
Parade in the Quarters? Hmmm... I thought they had banned that some time ago. Unless, of course, this "parade" was a drunken nude conga line... they still let that go on, I believe.
 

Chet

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Journeymouse said:
hey, at least you guys get warnings. I'm not sure that you can really compare your hurricane season to the UK getting hit about every 5 years (when they manage to make it over the Atlantic), but the UK Met. Office tends to not recognise them when they see them...
Up nort' here we only get twisters from time-ta-time. Lotsa warnin' wit dem ya kno' eh?
 

jestes

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Planderella said:
[ As a result of what happened before, the emergency officials and state police will allow only outgoing traffic on both sides of the interstate. If we have to evacuate, this will be the first time that the interstate will be used like that and I have a feeling that it will be chaos. :\ 8-{} [/B]
Planderella,

The Contraflow plan as written will indeed be chaos. The plan calls for reverse laning of the southbound lanes of Interstate 59 so that all four lanes are directed north. I am in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where the plan call for most of you folks in New Orleans to evacuate to. That in itself is not bad until you add the 200,000 or so people coming north along Highway 49 from the MS Gulf Coast. 700,000+ people added to the population of a county of 72,000 should make for interesting reading in the papers.

But hey, I will gladly allow all New Orleans area Planners to evacuate to our fair County. Just leave all of your engineers, architects and lawyers there in the Big Easy.

Jay
 
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jestes said:


Planderella,

The Contraflow plan as written will indeed be chaos. The plan calls for reverse laning of the southbound lanes of Interstate 59 so that all four lanes are directed north. I am in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where the plan call for most of you folks in New Orleans to evacuate to. That in itself is not bad until you add the 200,000 or so people coming north along Highway 49 from the MS Gulf Coast. 700,000+ people added to the population of a county of 72,000 should make for interesting reading in the papers.

But hey, I will gladly allow all New Orleans area Planners to evacuate to our fair County. Just leave all of your engineers, architects and lawyers there in the Big Easy.

Jay
Parts of Airline Highway (U.S. 61) and the Ponchartrain Expressway (U.S. 90), two MAJOR evacuation routes, were both closed yesterday afternoon due to extreme flooding. If the area were under a mandatory evacuation order and/or facing a category 3+ hurricane, we would have been up a serious creek. Emergency preparedness officials have a lot of work ahead of them. :\
 

Tom R

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h2o

Planderella said:


Parts of Airline Highway (U.S. 61) and the Ponchartrain Expressway (U.S. 90), two MAJOR evacuation routes, were both closed yesterday afternoon due to extreme flooding. If the area were under a mandatory evacuation order and/or facing a category 3+ hurricane, we would have been up a serious creek. Emergency preparedness officials have a lot of work ahead of them. :\
More accurately, you would be IN a serious creek.
 
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