Since Jim Cantori of the WeatherChannel is in Biloxi, I need to prepare for Hurricane Katrina. It's a kind of joke for us that live in the danger zone for hurricanes to see where the WeatherChannel crew goes. Of course, they keep shifting it further west, which is good for Mississippi but bad for Louisiana and Texas. Anyways, need to get the house cleaned for expected family members and their pets if they have to evacuate. Ya'll have a good weekend!!

UPDATE: 11:15AM Just got called into work to pack up the office and I mean pack up. Everything is packed up and taken off-site. Started all computer backups last night. Planning ahead.

Jack from Dive Desk left a comment saying Entergy is gearing up. After being hit by a hurricane my heroes are the utility guys who come from all over the South to restore power. They always get a clap and horns honking when they come rolling in. Those guys are awesome!!

UPDATE: 8:45PM - Casinos ordered closed at 2:00am 8/28/05, employees should be out by noon.

UPDATE: 2:00AM 8/28/05 Katrina now a category 4. Low lying areas of Hancock County Mississippi under mandatory evacuation since 7:00pm last night. Say a prayer for those in New Orleans.

Update: 7:00am I am waiting word from the Harrison County Defense officials to start issuing mandatory evacuation orders for Harrison County. They should be coming soon. To Royal in New Orleans, Louisiana, if you are reading this, stop, get out of there now! Yesterday, one of my bosses requested I take pictures of the buildings. Which I did and had already had pictures of all the equipment in the factory which couldn't be moved. I also took other pictures.

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Boats seeking safe harbor and heading to the Biloxi River, the Tchoutacabouffa River, and the Intercoastal Water way. The boat in the foreground actually anchored and started fishing!

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I do love brown pelicans. Some of them become tame when still young and will let you feed them by hand.

Katrina now a 5. To see what a Category 5 did to the Mississippi Gulf Coast read my Camille, 36 Years Later. Still waiting for the civil defense officials to order mandatory evacuation orders. They need to get off their a@@es.

UPDATE: 9:30am Finally, mandatory evacuation ordered for Zones A & B in Harrison County Mississippi. This order includes mobile homes and any structurally unsafe buildings. Shelters will open at noon. A list of shelters can be found at WLOX.

UPDATE: 8/28/05 1:00pm I'm heading for the hills. God bless Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

UPDATE: 8/28/05 9:45PM I am at my sister and my brother-in-law's house along with the rest of my family. So, I am in the arms of my family about 20 miles north of Gulfport. Had a few minor squalls come through but nothing major so far. No major rain as of yet. Me and Debbie took a trip to Gulfport beach about 2:00pm. The water was already up 3-4 feet and the waves were breaking over the piers. Will post pictures sometime later this week, hopefully.


Blogger St. Casserole said...

I'm back checking on you for Katrina. I found your blog during Dennis when I was looking for locals.
The Weather Channel reports drive me nuts.
I'll be checking back as long as we have power.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Tough break with Katrina. I have earthquakes at any ol'time. Price of paradise I 'spose.

Stay dry and safe.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Be safe.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

Me too, indigo red.

Stay safe and dry.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Mickey said...

Just checkin in.... stay safe.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

Thinin' about you. Glad to hear you've made your way inland. Stay safe.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Where are you?????

5:31 AM  
Blogger patrickafir said...

Hey, we're worried about ya! I'm sure it's just the lack of power, but if you're about, give us a check-up! Stay safe, Karen.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous SK said...

Hey, another one just checking in to see if you're OK. Good wishes coming your way for you and your family!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I've often seen your comments at Esther's. Praying for you right now.

8:14 PM  
Blogger LinkedInUSAF said...

His Blessings are with you and I pray that you and all your family are safe. My family extends to your family our thoughts, prayers, and blessings.

Having lived in Biloxi (Keesler AFB) and living with the "Hurricane Hunters", I know the fury of the elements that have been lain at your door. There are many heroes - let us not forget those the "fly into the eye" to get the very important data points from which the direction and strength can be determined. As technology grows by leaps and bounds, our USAF Hurricane Hunters still must brave the elements to help everyone prepare, evacuate, and ultimately protect that which is sacred - life.

Please pass on my prayers to everyone, no matter how far or remote. We will all exhale with relief once you have posted again, letting us all know you and your loved ones are safe.

11:42 PM  
Blogger LinkedInUSAF said...

For a perspective on what "Whiskey-Charlie" crews do (WC-130s are the planes that fly into hurricanes and typhoons), visit this ex-USAF Navigators page:


There has only been one crew lost while hunting hurricanes. He has graciously immortalized that crew on his site.

Anyway, God Bless to all in Katrina's path.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I keep checking here. Are you okay?

5:17 AM  
Blogger Chris Gingrich said...

Hoping and praying you are ok and weathering the aftermath. Keep checking in hoping to see a post saying all is ok with you and yours.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

I keep checking in too...hang in there Karen.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I'm OK. Will be back in about 3 weeks.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for checking in...hope your family all came through allright.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

THANK YOU for checking in. Grateful to hear you're okay.

7:07 PM  
Blogger patrickafir said...

Cool, I was getting worried. I'm glad to hear you're okay, Karen.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Good to hear you are alright, Karen. Was worried.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

Very glad to hear you are OK, Karen. Also glad I've been checking the comments and not just the main page.

3:26 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

Good to know that you're okay. When you get pics up, I'm sure they will be interesting.

2:41 PM  

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