Its a numbing feeling to sit here and wait to see whats going to happen. I live 3 miles from Lake Charles, La. I suppose me and the wife will ride it out again if it stays the projected course. Whats funny is that those courses change and part of the eye past over my house with the last hurricane. Hmmm! I didn't want to leave because on the first day of evacuation, I saw all the traffic backing up and most of the people got caught up in the traffic jams and it took 12 hours to travel 20 miles. Yesterday, I bought a new air conditioner and today I installed it in the kitchen window. I bought 40 gallons of gas for my generators, filled up my truck and my wifes' cars. Oh yeah, we bought extra food and junk food and water. I'm kind of crazy about these hurricanes and bad weather. I get excited about it coming my direction and getting to experience natures wonder of the world. I don't want to see anyone get hurt and most of the people that stay, regret it. I did, but I am ready to ride out this one like the last one. My wife even wants to stay with me.
I am nervous and cautious and crazy, but thats never been a secret.:usa2:
I had to take a second look at the map Scott, that schit was funny!
I am going tomorrow to fill up my 120 gallon gas jug on wheels I keep at the airport, it is about empty and I will need to fill it soon, and I suspect this storm will be a good excuse for the gas stations to jack the prices by the time the weekend is over if not before then
This must be a serious situation, The Red Cross sent my department a special request to attend a training session for anyone able to deploy for 2 weeks. Got home to late to attend, but if it hits hard I'll do my best to get there. My commissioners might take a slim view of me leaving again as I just returned from a 7 day fire deployment.
Yep they jacking up prices already. Yesterday it was $3.59 a gallon and today $3.79 a gallon. Some stations were running out here in South Lake Charles.
After hurricane Rita I had come back the day afterwards to secure our homes. Snuck in the back way.
This time they are saying no one will be allowed back soon after Gustav hits here. So, I'm thinking of just staying instead of ervacuating.
They can't garantee my home good enough for me to leave it and not be able to come back when I want. Everyone wants power over someone in these situations.
We got a lot of extra food and drinking water shortly after Rita hit so we was going to drive down to Cameron Parish 45 mile south of us. They really got hit hard and I wanted to bring them our exrtra stuff.
The army stopped us half way and told us to leave. I won't waste my fuel to try and help Cameron Parish folks by giving them our food and water this time. They treated us like we were going down there to rob them or something.
I have ten cases of MRE's left over from hurricane Rita that they would have gotten but hey, I'm glad I have them MRE's now.
My neighbor stayed during Rita and he told me that he slept the whole night and never woke a once. I figure he musta been pretty drunkened up or somethin.
I know one thing, this time I'm gonna take a whole bunch of pictures. It's amazing what kinda things go crazy during a hurricane. We'll keep in touch!!!!
Hey Mark,I rode out "Donna" in 1960.in the fields in south Florida tring to keep the water from rising above the dikes around our pepper fields,did'nt work. Was stuck out there for about five days before the water fell enough to get across the slough. My daughter was born while I was stuck out there,Did'nt name her "donna" eithor!
Be prepared as I know you are. I was in Lake Charles in 1982 when a hurricane raised the ocean up into the city. My van stalled and would not start, water rose up to the engine block. I had no choice but to sleep in the back of the truck for the night thinking I might be afloat in the Gulf in the morning. But I woke early to honking, my van in the middle of the street now dry and me being a traffic obstruction. Lucky the van started and I rode of along my way. Exciting story for me but if I had gotten out of the truck, even a foot of water moving at 30 mph will sweep anyone away. Be safe ..........
OH,yes.......... drop a dime on that gas station for gouging prices, I think it is against to law. They tried it here in Tampa last week and the government came down on them, guess gov. can do some good, sometimes.
We are where the "e" is in "Pensacola" on the map. We were in Biloxi yesterday for Labor Day, but cut our trip short and came home because of the storm. This storm is very scary, to say the least. Traffic going East was heavy.