We have been waiting for Isaac since yesterday, when the hurricane was due to arrive in the New Orleans area. It is now noon where I live….90 miles northwest of New Orleans, and Isaac is finally arriving.
Three hundred miles in diameter and moving ever so slowly, it is expected to dump double digit rain over us during the next 24 hours. I worry as I watch the tall pines bending in the wind outside my window. Hurricane Gustauv brought down two of them right before my eyes in 2008. Thankfully, the Good Lord guided them as they fell on the driveway in a vertical position, doing no harm to our home.
We lost power at 7:30am today, but it was restored 30 minutes later. However, it will soon go out again…it always does, and the courageous crews who repair the lines will be unable to restore it until the worst of the storm has passed. Being such a slow moving storm, Isaac’s effects are expected to remain with us for 24 hours or longer, which is very unusual. Most of the time, the worst is over in six to eight hours, and we begin the tasks of cleaning up and waiting for services to be restored.
Already, in one of the lower lying areas in south Louisiana, people are being rescued from their attics and rooftops, because they did not evacuate….flashbacks of Katrina which was exactly seven years ago today. Please keep them and all of us in your prayers.
Did I mention that today is my husband’s and my wedding anniversary? After all the hurricanes we have lived through around this time, I think we should have gotten married in a different month!
I have charged all of my gadgets, but when the electricity fails, there will be little to distract me besides my battery operated radio, tuned into the hurricane update station…and my kindle, filled with much good reading.
Safety issues aside, of course, I don’t mind so much this returning to only what is necessary….sufficient food and water, shelter, and flashlights and lanterns to maneuver through the house in the darkness.
People seem to look out for each other at times like this. Everyone is our neighbor.
It is raining harder now. I want to post this before I lose power. Please keep all of us in your prayers. God bless you!
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, prayer for us and protect us during this storm. Amen.