|9 AM Tuesday - Sunny|
Here is the yard today. This morning. Sunny and calm.
When I was a kid in New Orleans, we would tape our windows with masking tape. It would not keep the window safe but it may prevent the glass from flying all over the house if it were held together. But now they are saying, don't even tape your windows because it gives a false sense of security.
|2 PM Tuesday First Bands|
I forgot to get cat litter yesterday during a run to the overcrowded and understocked grocery store. So I got a bag of cat food and litter.
At home I cleaned the tubs. We fill the tubs with water, this is a holdover from living in New Orleans when flooding contaminated the water supply and there was no electricity to run the pumps. And also from when we lived in Hammond, LA, just north of New Orleans, and had our own pump that used electricity. When electricity went out, we had no water. In fact Carrie called me yesterday and said, tell me again why we can't flush the toilets in a storm!
It is Tuesday and 2 PM. The winds are probably about 20 mph or so. Steady. So far no rain and the day has gone from sunny to heavy clouds back to sunny then heavy clouds. These are the outermost bands of the storm You can actually see the edge of the fronts as they pass overhead. During the storm the direction of the winds will change. The clouds and winds go in a counterclockwise direction so at the top of the storm we hope to be in the west quadrant. That means the winds will have gone over land before they get to us and will have slowed considerably.
|We are under the very first band|
Over lunch we found out that Isaac had just tipped over to hurricane strength at 75 mph winds. And it looks to me like it is consolidating. That could be bad, because it is also slowing. Slowing means it will have the opportunity to increase in strength. Also, slowing means it will be over us longer and can dump more rain over us. Neither is a good thing.
This is a picture of the tracks of all storms recorded in August since 1951. I guess we can be assured of having a hurricane in August! So I wonder why people are still surprised and unprepared.
glen: more later.....until the lights go out!