Post by Paul S Person Post by Wolffan Post by Jonathan Post by Jonathan
Hurricane Ida they say could be a Cat 3 or even 4
by the time it hits the coast sometime late this
weekend. Katrina was a 3.
And in the eastern half you add the forward motion
to the wind speed and then add the gusts on top.
Right now 140 + 15 + 25 = 180 in the NW quadrant
of the storm. You'd see less wind strapped to the
wing of a jet on takeoff and landing.
But on the jet there wouldn't be any trees, roofs
or pick-up trucks to dodge.
Most I've seen is 115 during Wilma, and that
was more then enough for me.
Wilma was a baby, just barely over the limit to Cat 3. Ida is Cat 4. Cat 4
hurricanes are full-out monsters. Even a Cat 3 can be pretty bad, far worse
than Cat 2s or 1s, but Cat 4s are _serious_. It could be worse, it could be a
Cat 5. You really don’t want to be anywhere near a Cat 5. Cat 5s include
Andrew, Gilbert, Hugo, Katrina, Camille... I was in Gilbert and near-missed
by Hugo. 155 mph sustained, 165 to 175 mph gusts. If you’ve never seen a
Cat 4 or 5 you have no idea of what they can do.
I hope that the authorities in Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama are
better prepared this time than they were for Katrina. Then, Jeb Bush in
Florida had more National Guardsmen called up than Louisiana and Alabama
combined, despite the fact that the storm wasn’t going to hit Florida. The
first search and rescue into southern Alabama were Florida Fish& Wildlife
cops; it took literal days for Alabama responders to make it in. But then Jeb
Bush was competent. The current leadership in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi,
Louisiana... not so much. Hell, _GW_ Bush was more competent than those
bozos. Especially DeathSantis in Florida. I never thought that the day would
come when I’d want Rick ‘Skeletor’ Scott back...
Wasn't it Katrina where FEMA didn't move for a week because the
(Republican) Governor (of Louisiana, IIRC) didn't want to request
Post by Paul S Person
Something about not taking hand-outs, IIRC.
He was the ex-governor at the next election. Gee. I wonder why.
The (Dem) mayor of New Orleans was about as bad. He had 39 buses to evacuate
the city. He got convicted by the Feds of all kinds of corruption, several
years after leaving office.
A friend of mine was in the Florida Guard at the time. He was in a Guard
truck, heading for Atlanta (Jeb had had a word with the governor of Georgia)
to pick up supplies, before Katrina hit, and Jeb Bush didn’t wait to be
asked for help, he just sent it and pretty much dared Alabama and Louisiana
to stop his guys. Jeb had 6000+ Guardsmen ready; Alabama had 2000, Louisiana
3000. Or maybe it was Alabama with 3k and Louisiana with 2k. Doesn’t
matter, Jeb had more standing to than both combined. Jeb was many things. An
idiot wasn’t one of them. Jeb’s brother was ’shocked’ when
Louisiana’s governor deliberately kept the coastal parishes out of the
request for a state of emergency. Jeb sent his boys, request or no request.
George had his boys ready, he just couldn’t go in.
I remember Gilbert and Hugo; the RN guardships for the area were in Kingston
and Plymouth, respectively, harbours in less than 24 hours, flying their
helos despite still bad weather conditions. The USN could have been in New
Orleans even faster, but were prevented by political idiots. (Plymouth’s
gone now, buried under lava from a nearby volcano. The RN guardship flew
search and rescue missions then, too.)
Post by Paul S Person
All I know is that my final LES (the one with the accrued Annual Leave
payout details) was never printed and sent because the office doing so
was under water and the people in charge decided they'd be doing good
to get back up for the /next/ one. I had to download an online copy.
(I couldn't get it at the office because I was retired and there
really was no "office" to get it from, at least, not without a lot of