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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday morning, Hurricane Ida was approaching the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds.

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Before this hurricane season started NOAA was predicting more hurricanes than usual due to the absence of El Nino and they would be more intense. It looks like they got the second part right. Let's hope they got the first part wrong and this will be the only major storm we see hit the US this season.

#1 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-29 09:18 AM | Reply

The worst part of these hurricanes are the evacuations. I happened to be in Louisiana when hurricane Rita, the one that hit Louisiana after Katrina and is still on record of the monst intense hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. It took me 18 hours to get from Lake Charles to Houston. This is normally a thBree hour drive. The first gas stations that were open to the west were Houston. Lines were easily half a mile long.

I think evacuation plans need to be studied and updated. They don't seem to have become better.

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-29 09:34 AM | Reply

It would not take much to make this an extremely rare Cat 5 storm.

"The hurricane center said Ida is forecast to hit at 155 mph (250 kph), just 1 mph shy of a Category 5 hurricane. Only four Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States: "

news.yahoo.com

#3 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-29 09:40 AM | Reply

I am very concerned about the destruction this Hurricane could bring to Louisiana, I would offer them my prayers but I just don't think anyone listens to them.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2021-08-29 10:13 AM | Reply

This is terrifying.

I can only hope Biden sends enough paper towels and Play-Doh.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-29 10:18 AM | Reply

Time to fix this.
Get the Sharpie out!

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-29 10:21 AM | Reply

Gods will on a Red state.

#7 | Posted by byrdman at 2021-08-29 10:31 AM | Reply

gonna be some COVID spread with the evacuation. Mostly to Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, north Florida I bet.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-29 10:35 AM | Reply

Out of the IDA fire, into the COVID hotspot frying pan!

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-29 10:42 AM | Reply

"Louisiana isn't sending their best..."

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-29 10:42 AM | Reply

"Get the Sharpie out!
#6 | POSTED BY YAV"

Thanks for the reference to President Trump.

#11 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-08-29 10:52 AM | Reply

"Gods will on a Red state.
#7 | POSTED BY BYRDMAN"

Nope, but it IS your wish for death and destruction to anyone that's not in lock step to you.
God is watching.

#12 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-08-29 10:54 AM | Reply

#12 - and yet when Republicans said it over and over over AIDS, over CA's disasters, after COVID hitting blue states first, did you say anything?

#13 | Posted by YAV at 2021-08-29 11:08 AM | Reply

Let's hope they got the first part wrong and this will be the only major storm we see hit the US this season.

#1 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

IIRC correctly September is usually the worst month.

Maybe we'll get lucky...

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-29 11:23 AM | Reply

Thanks for the reference to former President Trump.

#11 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Fixed it for you, cultist.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-29 11:25 AM | Reply

... Forecast to make landfall near Port Fourchon with 155 mph (or slightly higher). ...

For rough comparison purposes, the winds around the center of Ida are about the same as a F3 tornado that is 12 to 18 miles wide.



#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-29 11:25 AM | Reply

Nope, but it IS your wish for death and destruction to anyone that's not in lock step to you.
God is watching.

#12 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

--------. Plague and natural disasters in red states.

It's Revelations, baby!

Guess they, not surprisingly, aren't as strong a believer as they claimed after all!

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2021-08-29 11:26 AM | Reply

Thanks for the reference to former President Trump.

You both misspelled "Lewzer".

#18 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-08-29 11:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#18 - not everyone latches on to the trendy bon mot de jour.

#19 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-29 11:53 AM | Reply

Re 18

A Twice Impeached 60 times a Lewzer even!

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-08-29 12:11 PM | Reply

God is watching.

#12 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

And she finds you lacking.

#21 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-29 12:24 PM | Reply

I can say this, I rode the eye of Katrina out, 100 miles inland. What made the storm so destructive was it didn't have a lot of travel speed. With the winds up, it just seemed to stay and beat on the land and everything above it. The destruction was massive for a cat 3 hurricane.

Getting out of New Orleans was a nightmare for anyone there. All lanes on interstates leaving were all one way, both sides. I had considered evacuating but when I went out and looked at the interstate, it was a 4 lane parking lot. No one was going anywhere. The pictures I've seen, seem to indicate the same is still going on today.

After the hurricane was gone, the interstate was still a parking lot, going back. They had closed the roads going back into Louisiana, including the interstates. There was no support for those on the roads without electricity available. No gas, no lodging, no food. They were just stuck there. Miles and miles of cars, all backed up, stretching well back, all waiting to go back home, many running out of gasoline while in place with no hope of getting anymore, anytime soon.

It doesn't appear they've learned anything or done anything in the time since.

#22 | Posted by BBQ at 2021-08-29 12:35 PM | Reply

#22 - the Katrina evacuation was made much worse because the Mayor (IIRC, his name was Nagin) ordered it at the last minute. He should have ordered it two or three days earlier.

As I said previously, I had to evacuate during Rita. I wasn't even leaving a big city, and of course the interstates were contra-flow, yet it still took me 18 hours to get to Houston. I shudder to think what the ill timed Katrina evacuation was like.

#23 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-29 12:39 PM | Reply

@#22 ... The destruction was massive for a cat 3 hurricane. ...

Katrina was also a much larger storm, area-wise, than Ida.

fwiw, I saved the NWS warning on Katrina...

...Urgent Weather Message from NWS New Orleans

WWUS74 KLIX 281550NPWLIXURGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA

1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005

DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED

HURRICANE KATRINAA MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969. MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. ATLEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED.

CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE. HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT. AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATEADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...

AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK. POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...

BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEWCROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BEKILLED.AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEARHURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE..
...



#24 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-29 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE.

Biden's FEMA Crisis Actors have really upped the Special Effects budget for this one!

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-29 01:30 PM | Reply

Look for higher gas prices at the pumps tomorrow.

#26 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-29 07:02 PM | Reply

God is watching.
#12 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

So is Biden.
Who do you think will take action first?

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-30 09:42 AM | Reply

Friends from Thibodaux, LA, which was right in the eye of Ida, arrived yesterday for a trade show here this week. Next week they go to Savannah for another trade show. That's fortunate because it'll give time to get roads reopened and perhaps restore power. Internet and phones are down there, so they won't know if their home and business is still standing/flooded until they get home in a couple of weeks.

I read health care workers had to hand ventilate COVID patients at the hospital there because power and generator failed.

#28 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-08-30 03:46 PM | Reply

#28 - your friends are lucky to be getting out of LA while the place is being put back together. They are saying it may take weeks for power to be fully restored there.

#29 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-30 05:11 PM | Reply

The first bands of rain from Ida just hit Nashville. It's gonna rain until early Wed morning.

Dissipated hurricanes that hit LA and MS end up overhead here as a lot of rain, sometimes wind too but not so much this time.

#30 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-08-30 05:30 PM | Reply

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