You ever hear the phrase “You can’t get there from here?” That’s pretty much what we’re all saying about Southwest Louisiana.
If I’m reading this right, right about the time I need to be in the air, Katrina will be centered near the Mississippi-Alabama-Tennessee border point. Thanks but no thanks, my idea of a good time does not involve flying directly into a hurricane. Below is a track of what my approximate flightpath from Knoxville to Lake Charles would be, and Katrina’s current position:
Things look pretty grim for New Orleans right about now. The eye of the storm is about thirty miles east of the center of the city. I didn’t realize so much of New Orleans is below sea level — and the storm surge is predicted to be ten feet higher than the levees. Also, CNN is reporting a rumor that the Superdome is leaking (it’s just a rumor as of the time I’m publishing, so no link) and tens of thousands of people have sought shelter in the Superdome.
I have acquaintance, a good friend of my former law partner, who practices criminal law in New Orleans. Here’s hoping he’s okay.