….like a day without sunshine.

We’ve been lucky so far, at least here in the city. It’s been raining on and off, but nothing particularly heavy. The wind has also kicked up quite a bit, but electric power is holding and I managed to get in a few hours of on-and-off sleep. It hasn’t helped that we’ve placed our inflatable bed directly underneath a spotlight that shines down on the coffee/tea station. The only way to turn the light off is to turn EVERYTHING off or to climb a ladder and unscrew the lightbulb. But it’s 12 feet up, the ladder is out in the rain, etc etc. As it is, I feel like I’m sleeping on a stage. LOOK! HE’S SLEEPING.

Looking at the radar, we’ve been in a gap between rain bands. We’re getting a good look outsideat the park across the street, where the trees are blowing around but nothing serious. Moisture-wise, I’ve been in more rain walking across a grocery store parking lot. I’d guesstimate sustained winds at only minimal tropical storm force, but we’re still several hours from landfall at about Morgan City, looks like. This would put New Orleans on the edge of or just outside the hurricane-force winds. But they’re catching it pretty good down at Grand Isle and Venice. Rain here will get a lot heavier shortly.

Okay, The TV is now saying gusts of 47 at the airport. They’re estimating we’ll remain below hurricane force here in town, but hurricane force by early afternoon in Houma, Cocodrie and in those areas. We have friends there, so they’ll have to remain hunkered for awhile. The graphic shows a Monopoly-type house in a pool of water, as if a child had tumped over a glass, ruining the game. The anchors are listening to the weather person, trying not to look mystified as she talks about the likelihood of various “rain events” before they return to interrupting the minor local official they’re interviewing.

Lucy Bustamante is nine kinds of hot. Lee Zurik appears to have something caught in his aggressive eyebrows. Ah. There we go. He brushed it away.

Things appear to be much easier in Plaquemines and St. Buhnawd so far. They haven’t yet said anything about conditions in Lafourche and Terrebonne. But it’ll be a few hours before any hell breaks loose, if it actually does. At least it’ll be in broad daylight. Here in New Orleans, it appears another major rain band just passed the other side of the river.

At least for now, it looks like we’ll be able to open back up tomorrow. If we continue like this, I don’t know if we’ll lose power Uptown for very long. But we’ll see, since we’ve got another 12 hours or so to go.

5 Comments so far

  1. Daneeta Loretta (daneeta) on September 1st, 2008 @ 5:58 am

    Been watching the news all morning on the Internet. CNN is hysterical. The local NOLA stations seem calm and are reporting that the storm is lessening in strength. Smoke ’em if you got ’em, Craig. Sending you and yours good vibrations.


  2. Daneeta Loretta (daneeta) on September 1st, 2008 @ 5:58 am

    Notify me.


  3. rejay on September 1st, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    Hi Craig, I’m from Germany. Please take care of you. I work for a Photo Sharing Community based in Brunswick, Germany. If it is not too dangerous,I would be pleased if you’d take pictures to upload them to locr.com. There you can link your photos with the location where you have taken it (Geotagging). If you have questions contact me


  4. timskynews on September 1st, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    Hi guys,

    I work for a British TV news channel called Sky News. I’m fascinated by the regular updates on your blog as Gustav aproaches.

    Would one of you be up for doing a live interview (either by webcam or on the phone) at 1:30pm your time?

    Drop me an email at tim.gatt@bskyb.com or call me at 011 44 20 7585 4569.

    Tim.


  5. Daneeta Loretta (daneeta) on September 1st, 2008 @ 9:00 am

    Now more than ever, I encourage all of you readers to watch the video "The Katrina Myth" made by Levees.org. You can see it on youtube at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wln_iq5bc8k

    Craig, have a look. If you like, post on the metblog. I’m posting it on London’s.



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