Well, the last 24 hours have been a blur, full of activity and decision making. Thankfully, Gustav has struggled to regain his strength after going over Cuba. Cuba truly bore the brunt of Gustav's fury. The intensity forecasts decreased, storm surge predictions were lowered for Mississippi, and it appears to be taking a turn west towards Texas as some counties in Texas were just put on Hurricane Warnings. Local media is reporting that the unofficial estimate for evacuations of New Orleans and parishes surrounding it and to the west, 95% of the population took heed. Shelters are full all over the state. You can almost sense the peace of mind it brings the mayor, news media, and National Guard members.
We just finished preparations and are hunkering down. We will pay attention to the news, weather, and radar, and have the candles nearby for when the power goes out.
Hope to upload video and still images as the storm blows by Mississippi as long as the internet is up.