Anyone who's lived in the south, along the Gulf, understands the anxiety of hurricane season. Anyone who has had loved ones evacuate during a hurricane understands the anxiety of hurricane season. And this year is no different.
Welcome, Isaac. And how dare you take the same path as the infamous Katrina, on almost the exact same day of the year.
No, my folks don't live in Texas anymore, but I still hurt for the people who do. And I'm still feeling the anxiety that I usually do when a storm is so close to Louisiana. Doesn't matter how powerful the storm is, it's still going to flood the area. And it's still going to be devastating.
I sent a note to Seige, who wrote the blog Operation Eden during Katrina (warning: if you read it, you'll need tissues, but it's a wonderful historical account of those days). His mom and brother lived in Pearlington, Mississippi and their ordeal was horrifying. His mom has since rebuilt and is again living in Pearlington, and again, she has evacuated.
What makes a person stay along the Gulf Coast? I'll never know.
Isaac is scheduled to make landfall tonight and thankfully, he's only going to be a Category 1. But there's still going to be too much water.
Send some good juju to the coast. They're going to need it.