I really do. If you read this blog in June, you know that we visited it this summer, had a wonderful time, spent way too much money at its stores.
New Orleans could be in a lot of trouble. As a Category 5 hurricane (it was only a Category 1 when it hit Florida), Katrina is bearing down on the city, expected to hit full force tomorrow morning. Storm surges of 28 feet are expected, and winds of 280 mph. The city's defenses just can't handle that kind of storm, so please pray, chant, send good thoughts, whatever you believe in, that the storm changes course.
For a concise explanation of what could happen--what I hope doesn't happen, because it would be incredibly tragic, check this out:
"In the event of a slow-moving Category 4 or
Category 5 hurricane (with winds up to or exceeding 155 miles per
hour), it's possible that only those crow's nests would remain above
the water level. Such a storm, plowing over the lake, could generate a
20-foot surge that would easily overwhelm the levees of New Orleans,
which only protect against a hybrid Category 2 or Category 3 storm
(with winds up to about 110 miles per hour and a storm surge up to 12
feet). Soon the geographical "bowl" of the Crescent City would fill up
with the waters of the lake, leaving those unable to evacuate with
little option but to cluster on rooftops -- terrain they would have to
share with hungry rats, fire ants, nutria, snakes, and perhaps
alligators. The water itself would become a festering stew of sewage,
gasoline, refinery chemicals, and debris."
There are lots of ideas in play about how to protect New Orleans from just this kind of storm. If Katrina hits tomorrow as expected, it'll be too little, too late.
So please, good thoughts.