I'm up late watching streaming video from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina is about five hours from landfall; a meteorologist reporting from the Superdome--now full of twenty or thirty thousand people who had no way to escape--is explaining very carefully and literally that residents who ignored the evacuation order and remained in city homes are as good as dead. At last report, most of New Orleans still had power: some of those people are probably watching the same broadcast.I have a friend who lives in NO. His house is about 175 years old and stuffed with all sorts of treasures. So, has he evacuated? No. Despite the first-ever mandatory evacuation, he's hanging tough on the 11th floor of a "hurricane safe" hotel.
Don't know about you, but if a storm's this big... this distructive... this scary, I wouldn't stay in some untested hotel. I'd be hitting the road outta town.
Stay safe, Terry. And all others that live nearby.