The Coming Storm
The mandatory evacuation of New Orleans has begun as Hurricane Gustav continues to grow and head toward the Louisiana coastline. I was just reading the Times-Picayune online and all the restaurants have closed in the Quarter and Garden District, grocery store shelves are empty, the last flight out of Louis Armstrong International departs at 6 p.m. tomorrow evening. Traffic is gridlocked on I-10 (as pictured above) and at some point tomorrow they will begin contraflow, which means all lanes of traffic will be outbound from the city. Luckily, it looks like everyone (including the government) is taking this storm seriously. After spending a few days in New Orleans back in May, driving all around and hearing stories, I don't know if the city can survive another storm of this magnitude. It's horrifying that Gustav is coming to New Orleans on the three year anniversary of Katrina. Spare a thought and prayer for New Orleans...one of the greatest cities in the world.