well, it's 10 am CST, and all's well. heard my first wind gust of the day just now, although that's in part because i took a longish shower this morning. Isaac is still tropical, and today's forecast calls for wind and rain, sometimes heavy, but as i figured, we won't get the worst of it. my friends in NOLA, unfortunately, will. even then, the rain will be a bigger issue than wind and surges, i think.
the biggest problem with Isaac is that it's big - as in geographically large - and slow moving, which means mucho rain-o in the immediate futuer. Mobile is better situated than NOLA - it's about 100ft higher in altitude than the Big Easy. this means it will generally have better drainage and fewer 'no where to go' problems. i'm sure it will still have some - it's on a river delta/ deep bay after all, but probably not as much as NOLA, which is much more bayou-country, and lower than sea level in some areas.
the other biggest problem is the heat down here - they're predicting probable power outages in my area, and that's probably because we're on the same grids as the harder hit folks. cross your fingers on that, i'll wilt without my a/c!
and hey! it's raining, woot! ahem, possibly i shouldn't be so excited about the 'first rain of the hurricane', but hey, everyone's got a hobby! (although i need to remember to take the garbage out during the next clear break.)
in the meantime, allow me to put up some pictures from the most recent soldier in Afghanistan I spoiled...( in the meantime, some soldiers in Afghanistan, enjoying my latest shipment o' stuff )
-bs, doing ok