Batten Down The Hatches

It looks like Hurricane Gustav is heading to the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast so it is time to get prepared.  The day was spent with our eyes on the TV, flipping channels for the latest info. 

We woke up at 4AM to get the earliest update and to make our decision whether to evacuate or not.  We were sure glad to see the storm track had moved it a little farther to our west.  Then we heard about the traffic nightmares and our decision was made-we were staying.

There are 4 major updates given by the National Hurricane Center at. . .4AM, 10AM, 4PM and 10PM.  In addition to these updates the news crews are on around the clock with traffic reports, evacuation orders, messages from the authorities and live radar.  So we watch and prepare.

We had to clean up the yard and that means pick up anything that could go airborne in severe winds.  All the furniture, plants, hoses, etc.  Everything has to be brought inside.  Then we pile sandbags against the inside of the garage door to add stability.

Our home has working shutters, so we went around and closed them.  We have French doors at the back patio and no shutters on them.  We had to pull out the plywood and screw it in place to protect our new doors.  These French doors were damaged in Hurricane Katrina and it took us almost 3 years to get them replaced.  We did not want to take any chances this time.

Everything that we could possibly do to protect our home has been done and now we wait. 

These are pictures of the first feeder band as it begins to move over our home.

 

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The latest advisory has us beginning to experience the rain and wind this evening and getting worse overnight.  So keep us in your prayers and I will post again as soon as possible.

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