As I write this post, I’m sitting by my windows waiting for a hurricane to sweep through. The Superdome, which is only a few blocks from my building, is lined with military vehicles and personnel, and the streets are eerily quiet. It shouldn’t be a devastating storm like the ones we’ve seen in the news over the last several weeks. In fact, it looks like it could miss us entirely, but the city-wide curfew, which goes into effect in a few hours, points to the severity of the storm.
The streets that are usually bustling are almost empty already. In August, we learned that most of the drainage pumps in New Orleans proper don’t actually work. It only takes a few minutes for city streets to flood, and if it rains for a few hours, people will face major flooding issues.
We’re safe in our home, I think, because we live several stories off of the ground, and our cars are parked several stories off of the ground as well. Our home has several large windows, but this place has proven to be pretty sturdy through a number of harsher storms.
Michael spent the morning helping our close friend secure her home, and I went to Target and Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things that will make us more comfortable if we’re at home for a while.
It’s darker and much windier outside than usual, but we’re safe and secure inside. I spent the afternoon reading, studying the Bible, and doing homework. I’ve also talked to Mom and Dad and a few close friends. I’m not afraid of the storm, but I’m looking forward to it coming and going.
Is anyone else in the path of Hurricane Nate? If so, are you prepared for it?