Following this is my coverage and somewhat cavalier introductory commentary leading up to the United States most devastating natural disaster in history. My initial attitude was the result of having been pummeled by two major storms (Ivan and Dennis) and arriving on the other side of each unscathed. Needless to say, I ultimately learned a very valuable lesson. I’ve spent some time volunteering to help these folks out after the storm passed, I’ve also met quite a few of the people affected by Katrina who have temporarily relocated here to Destin. These are all good people, and I hope they and their states manage to recover fully. We here on the Gulf Coast all take a financial risk living here, but we don’t have to take a personal risk if we simply, well, try to be a little less cavalier.
Of course, I’ll probably take this risk in the future, because I really do love a good storm.
“I dated a girl in high school named Katrina, boy she was a fireball. I expect no less from this storm.”
Here We Go Again
“I can’t keep track of the number of times in the last year I’ve stared at a hurricane forecasting map that looked just like this. But hey, I’m a hardened hurricane veteran now… come on Katrina, let see what you’ve got.”
“If you live between New Orleans and Biloxi Mississippi, I’d suggest you start paying close attention to this storm. The farther west it goes, the more time it will have to sit out in the Gulf, where it can build strength.”
One Big Storm
“Katrina is now a category three, and is expected to strengthen to a four or five before it makes landfall. Unfortunately, she’s painted her bull’s-eye directly on New Orleans, which has never been hit by a four or five.”
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Destin Weather Report
“Very very windy, little rain though. I’m about 200 miles from the center of the storm. We’ve had some power issues, but it always seems to come back on.”
“Looking at some of the footage of Biloxi, MS, I’m astounded.”
The Difference 135 Miles Make
“I’ve always been fairly cavalier about these storms, most recently “getting in Katrina’s face”, but I’m thinking now – if Katrina had made landfall 135 miles to the east, Destin would look like Gulfport. My house, which sits a precarious 16.5 feet above sea level, would be sitting in anywhere between five and fifteen feet of water. I’d probably be one of those unlucky few who stayed and were either killed, or found sitting on top of their roofs the next day looking for rescue. Anyway, it’s a humbling experience for me, even though the storm made landfall quite some distance west of where I live.”