I believe it would be an excellent idea if they would change the interstate traffic to be all outbound. It’s my understanding that sometimes this is done during a hurricane, when evacuation is required or seems like a good idea (my dad may be along to correct or confirm this later, being an inhabitant of a hurricane-affected area), and the traffic is at a stand-still.
The evacuation effort seems to be loads more organised than before. The skilled nursing/hospital/mental health patients are being evacuated. People are reporting constantly on CNN.. even about the affect on fuel prices, since offshore oil rigging provides for a 1/4 of US oil supplies. When the rigs are shut down, and sometimes damaged, due to hurricanes, the prices shoot up (but our prices may still be loads lower than yours).
Ray Nagin always amazes me… “Get your butt out of New Orleans..” LOL Maybe people will react to this “tough love” sort of statement. I hope the message makes a difference in the number of people who choose to stay.
I’m hoping for a strong reduction in hurricane class before landfall …. a tropical storm, perhaps. It is unlikely, I know, but it doesn’t hurt to hope. Stranger things have happened.
I visited New Orleans in the 1990’s. It’s a wonderful place; lots to see and loads of fun things to do. The only thing that is a waste of time in New Orleans is taking a shower, although I did anyway. The reason is because the humidity runs into the 90’s or 100% nearly every day (it seemed anyway). Walk outside, and you’re sweating instantly in the high heat and humidity.
This is easily rectified by buying a frozen daiquiri from one of the many shops in the city center. (you have to click on that link, just to see the daiquiri machines on the wall…) 🙂 You can walk through the street with alcohol in this city. Mardi Gras requires that capability.
btw, here is an example of a New Orleans cemetary. The “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” happens to be buried here. See how there might be things floating around later? (unfortunately)