"WE ARE HERE INSIDE AND HEAVILY ARMED"
Even from the safe distance of being on the other side of the world, Gustav watch has become an obsession.
Since Katrina, which was sad and horrifying enough to observe from afar, I’ve followed the plight of Lisa through her blog and virtual friendship as she and her family have gone through the ups and downs of temporary homes, work, schools, dramas and a return to New Orleans. Three years on her home is still not habitable. Imagine three years of dealing with a recalcitrant insurance company, dodgy contractors and living with your mother? Actually I can’t, I get too stressed just contemplating it.
Now they are doing it all over again. Fleeing the city, which means a long slow crawl in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Finding and paying for accommodation for an unknown length of time. Knowing how bad it was last time. Who knows what will happen next?
For the Gustav obsessed, the various radar and other images at Weather Underground are compelling. Almost as much as tuning into the local bloggers – tales of evacuation but also some brave/mad souls who are staying put (keep an ear out for Craig, he’s doing some media links with Australia).
Being an atheist there are no pithy platitudes to use at such a time (surely a second hit on such an amazing city is all the proof you need that there is no god?) but for what it is worth my thoughts and hopes are with you all.