This storm is scaring the crap out of me. I like to follow weather and track storms, current projections are looking really bad. It's going to keep gaining strength and it's track is low enough that it's going to enter the gulf with a ton of momentum. Usually storms lose strength over islands and Cuba, this thing is directly over the northern part of Jamaica which is insane. Storms that are usually that far down are never good news.
Early indications show it plowing into the New Orleans area Tuesday morning as a major hurricane. All we can do is hope and pray it somehow loses strength or doesn't hit as strong as early reports are indicating. Definitely one to keep an eye on over the weekend. There's still plenty of time for this thing to change but past history doesn't bode well...
Just have to wait and see how it develops, and if it starts looking bad, evacuate in advance. If it stays a low-end storm, ride it out. When I lived in Key Largo, I believe it was hurricane Floyd that was a category-1 storm that hit, and I was literally sitting out on the second-floor patio watching the storm pass over. When the eye came, we put the top down on the convertable and drove around shooting fireworks at the deserted trailer homes. As with anything, prepare for the worst, take advantage and enjoy the experience if it ends up not being that bad.
I hope the Gulf states (and anywhere else) don't get slammed. I read something about this the other day saying that the pumping stations in NO are restored but that the levies aren't quite back up to where they need to be. I'd hate to see them get submerged again.
Jamaica looks close on a map but there's plenty of room for that storm to move. Just keep an eye on it and pay attention for any developments that mean it's time to get the heck out. Hard to evacuate when the roads are all blocked by other people trying to get out at the last minute.
Yeah, not looking good right now. Also, It's supposedly going to slow down right before hits the coast. It will take a day for it to actually make landfall after slowing down. Not a good thing. But, a lot of things can change from now until Monday or Tuesday when it will make landfall.
A lot of my family is down there, my wife's family lives in Baton Rouge and just about all of our friends live in southeast Louisiana. Looks like everyone has an evacuation plan at this point, which is good to hear. Hope everything goes well and the storm is not too destructive, ala Katrina.