Gustav looks really bad - UPDATE
Update: it probably did a lot of damage but nothing like what they were worried about. Expect to hear a lot of second-guessing about the evacuation orders. Hopefully now the RNC can get on with the important business of making Sarah Palin come across as a better Veep choice than Joe Biden.
Original post: I don’t know how accurate these predictions are but three days out, they’re saying Gustav is headed straight for New Orleans. Any chance it will just get to the middle of the Gulf, decide it likes the view and stay there and not hit land?
Mayor Nagin, whatever his shortcomings, can apparently read the writing on the wall. He says everybody in New Orleans had better hit the road before Gustav shows up. Even emergency personnel – if you’re dumb enough to stay, you are on your own.
Except, according to the BBC, fewer than 50 city employees will remain. What could possibly be important enough to require somebody to hang around while the city gets hit by a Cat 5 hurricane? And what could they possibly do, except not die, if they’re lucky? Seriously, I want to know.
- Might hit 2am Monday, a cat4
- Cajun updates the preparations that his company (think energy infrastructure) are making. This makes for very interesting reading when you consider the amount of industry in the Gulf. And in his updates #2 he discusses the difficult logic of evacuation. In Sunday Evening update #6 he says the storm has veered West and will hit a marshland area “containing mostly frogsh*t and seeweed”, but also a lot of oil infrastructure that was “built with hurricanes in mind”. But power will probably be out for a week so “expect a bump a bump at the pump”.