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You may have noticed I haven't posted today. I will try and post here and there, however, we have discovered we are expecting to get hit by a MAJOR HURRICANE on Sunday, August 29th. That is the 16th-anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Talk about salt in the wound. I was 17 years old when I went through Hurricane Katrina and it left a mark.
Wednesday evening I went to bed as usual without any further plans. I woke up Thursday morning to the news stating that the disturbance we had been monitoring appeared like it would be making its way to us as a tropical storm or maybe a category 1 hurricane. So I went to the grocery to get some water and basics. Nothing major since I wasn't expecting too much. I got home about an hour later talking about it would be a category 1, possibly a 2 at landfall.
Now today, August 27, it is going to be a category 3, possibly a category 4 at landfall. Our grounds are already saturated from the rain.
There is no doubt about it - we will lose power. For how long is the question. How bad the storm is going to get is another question along with what damage. We are staying in place as of now. I have 2 kids, 12 cats, and a dog. Options for places for us to go is limited for us with all the pets. However, I will not leave them behind. If we do decide we need to leave, we will cram into the car and just sleep there until we can make it back home. My anxiety is through the rough. I'm on the verge of a mental break down from all the stress. I am not really the praying type, but am asking for prayers and well wishes for all of us in the path of Ida. It is not looking good.
As I am writing this post, it was just updated as a category 1 storm - which was sooner than expected as it hasn't even crossed Cuba yet. When I say my anxiety is on overload right now... the winds are expected to be 120mph at landfall. That means power outages can last for at least a week at this strength. On average it would be out 10-21 days from a category 3-4 storm.
✅ Bought water and groceries
✅ Took photos and videos of possessions in case we need it
✅ Put together important papers/documents in ziplock bag for quick grab and go
✅ Washed clothes & dishes
✅ Yard Cleanup
✅ Scheduled payments for up coming bills
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UPDATE 8/27/2021 1:39PM
The City of New Orleans is calling for a mandatory evacuation of areas outside the levee system, including Irish Bayou, Venetian Isles, and Lake Catherine, and a voluntary evacuation for the rest of the parish. ready.nola.gov
UPDATE 8/27/2021 3:33PM
Basically would need to totally leave Louisiana... they are not opening contraflow at this time. For those who do not know, contraflow is when vehicles travel in the opposite direction of a lane's normal traffic flow. That allows more people to get out with hopefully less traffic. Of course, traffic is crazy either way. By the time we know anything for sure, we will be grid locked. As in, it will be too late to leave. Saying prayers tonight.
UPDATE 8/27/2021 4:16PM
The storm has been upgraded to hit as a category 4. We have booked a hotel room and plan on leaving if things do not change. Prayers and love.
UPDATE 8/28/2021 6:29PM
As we went to bed last night, the 10pm update showed Ida coming in at a category 3 storm with winds up to 120mph. Now it is back to a category 4. The path is holding steady with slight East and West track movements. If it were to go just SLIGHTLY more East, it will not be good for my area. There is a very high chance of us leaving and coming back after the storm has passed. Please continue the prayers.
POSTED 6 AM SATURDAY: Here is the latest thinking on maximum wind gusts for Ida. Coastal areas near the center could experience wind gusts over 140 mph. The highest winds will depend on the track. If the track shifts east by just 25-50 miles then New Orleans metro could see higher winds than shown here. If the track shifts further west then the highest winds would miss the metro. Too close to call.