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Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Town Monday & Sky Watch; Hurricane Gustav (& Aftermath) Log

There are 14 parts to my video journal of our Gustav experiences, so I'm not embedding them all here (as it may cause some peoples' computers to crash.) Instead, here are the links to the YouTube pages they're found on (in order);

Sun., Aug. 31st
Hurricane Gustav Pt I; The evening before landfall.

Mon., Sept. 1st
Hurricane Gustav Pt II; 7am, landfall in a few hours. Shortly after filming this, a reporter on MSNBC said that hurricane force winds were now hitting New Orleans. Shame on him, however, as hurricane force winds never came within 30 miles of New Orleans. Tropical storm force winds yes, hurricane force, no. Just goes to show--don't trust what you see on TV, even the news.
Hurricane Gustav Pt III; 8am, power goes out.
Hurricane Gustav Pt IV; 1:30pm, the worst of the storm is over.
We went out for a drive around 5pm & found some trees down;
After sundown it rains hard for many hours.

Tues., Sept. 2nd
Hurricane Gustav Pt V; The morning after. The flooding begins.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VI; Flooding worsening.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VII; Our way out of the neighborhood is blocked in every direction.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VIII; The front yard is now flooding. An ATV goes by towing a kid in a canoe.
Hurricane Gustav Pt VIIII; Flooding continues to worsen. About this time a tornado is headed for Abita Springs (although we don't know it--I only found out from concerned local friends after power was restored.) Enlarge the map for a truer representation of scale.
Hurricane Gustav Pt X; Waters still rising.
Tonight I keep dreaming that the air conditioner has come back on. I wake repeatedly to a considerably more miserable reality.

Wed., Sept. 3rd
Hurricane Gustav Pt XI; The waters start to recede.
Hurricane Gustav Pt XII; The fire department brings us ice. My new, best friend is a ziplock bag of ice (which can be applied in more ways than you'd think.)
Hurricane Gustav Pt XIII; The military brings us MREs.
Many thanks to the fire department & military personnel who came by to check on us & bring us supplies. It was nice to see a friendly face (that wasn't one of our own,) at this point.

Thurs., Sept. 4th
Hurricane Gustav Pt XIV; The waters have largely receded.
For the first time in a long time, we're treated to a lovely sunset;Our power was restored around 8:15pm.
Many thanks to the tireless power company employees, too, but most of my thanks go to Charles, who was very patient and kind throughout these long, hot days & nights.

"My Town Monday" is the inspired brilliance of Travis Erwin.

Visit the Sky Watch homepage.

Also, happy 64th birthday to Roger Waters! :)


Charles Gramlich said...

That last comment was sweet of you. We worked well together.

Brave Astronaut said...

I am glad to hear that you made it through the storm! Thank for the video log. It was good to see that things were not as bad as it could have been.

We managed with no difficulty today from Hanna, just some rain and a little wind.

Keep your eyes on Ike. Don't try riding that one out!

Best, John

Christina said...

I'm so happy you posted the movies. It made me want to watch Fantasia... I loved these videos and you sold me! I want to live some where green and beautiful! You two have the best location, but the again I get houses as far as the eyes can see so I'd like to have it replaced by trees one day. I'll miss Disneyland though... I'm so torn.

I'm happy you two are okay and the videos were so interesting.

Travis said...

Thanks for sharing that. It's one thing to track the storm on the internet and see the news reports on tv. But you helped me really understand the aftermath.

Being surrounded by water like that would have been very unnerving for me.

Donnetta Lee said...

Oooo. Reminds me so much of what we went through with Hurricane Charlie a few years ago. We still haven't finished all the repairs on the house. Hubby is ready for the next round. I'm glad I'm in Oklahoma for now! Course, in the spring, we get the tornadoes here. Hang on to your hat!

Sidney said...

That's an interesting chronicle of the events.

The shot of the wind chimes is kind an eerie shot unto itself.

Gustav certainly proves for all the models and forecasts it's impossible to anticipate what each storm's impact will be until it actually arrives.

Vwriter said...

What an incredible invitation to share in your experience. So glad the two of you are well, and look forward to more of your posts.

Lana Gramlich said...

charles; Considering the couples I saw split during Katrina, if we survived that, I think we can survive anything. Besides, I love you & you have the patience of a Saint (& the BBQ skills of the devil, himself. :D

BA; No...we'd never consider staying for an Ike. Actually, realizing our flooding potential here in such an upfront way, if we could go back in time, I'm sure we would've left for Gustav as well! I'm glad Hanna wasn't too bad for you.

christina; I can't emphasize the peacefulness of living among trees instead of people. I couldn't do the city or suburbia again, personally. I highly recommend it...and ultimately Disneyland (or World,) is never far, by plane.

travis; The water was getting unnerving for me, too, as it was about to seep into my car under the lip of the door. One thing the videos don't show, either, are the huge masses of mosquitoes now breeding like wildfire in the last standing pools...

donnetta; Yeah, there's something everywhere you go. Personally I'd rather deal w/hurricanes, tornadoes, possible flooding &/or evacuation than blizzards ever, EVER again.

sidney; The media was running with the whole Katrina-sensationalism thing, actually. As it approached I was consulting the NOAA website on a regular basis & ignoring most of what was said on the news. Unfortunately now people are annoyed at the expense & hassle of having evacuated when NOLA made out fine. As a result, I'll bet you that even if Ike comes this way at a high category level, far fewer of the locals will evacuate. As Charles pointed out to me, the locals (who are completely irrational about staying put at ALL times,) only learn the lesson of the last hurricane that's been through.

vwriter; I'm glad to share the experience in retrospect. At the time I was so hot, wet & uncomfortable!

JR's Thumbprints said...

I'm definitely curious to see you video log. For some reason, it'll help put it in a better perspective than a Michigan weatherman. I'll be back after I visit YouTube.

T.R. said...

I am not sure which was more unnerving the rising water or the fire ants making a "bee line" for your house. What happened to them? Did they voluntarily relocate?

That was some compelling video. Were you worried about cottonmouths at all swimming in and around the house. I've heard that's common.

Glad you fared well. Hope the birds did too.

Erik Donald France said...

Lana, this is an awesome chronicle. I can see the pix and map but will need to check on the videes from a better connection.


Dave Coulter said...

Really amazing. I'm glad you two are alright! :)

timethief said...

This kind of horrifying weather event seems to be happening more frequently or perhaps it's just better reported than in years past. I'm so very glad that you two are alright.

Travis Erwin said...

Great coverage. I'm just glad y'all avoided any serious problems.

Lana Gramlich said...

jr; I was glad to be able to make my log & hope it gives you an idea of how we did (although it really doesn't convey the heat & humidity we had to endure, which was something else!)

t.r.; I don't know what happened to the fire ants. They're just gone. Perhaps they found some kind of high point under the house--I just don't know.
At one point Charles was joking about alligators & it was only then that I even thought about cottonmouths. In calmer, cooler days we definitely had seen them in & around the creek that ended up flooding our yard, too, so we were definitely keeping an eye out for them whenever we had to go wading!
Many of the birds seemed to have vacated right after the storm (they didn't want to feed that close to us or the house,) but they're coming back, slowly but surely. I believe at least one of our raccoons was back last night, too. Not only was my sunflower feeder all bent out of shape & half emptied, but the bracket it was on was nearly ripped off of the tree. I'm sure if they could've gotten the whole feeder down, they would have absconded with it to the woods.

erik; Thanks. I just hope Ike's not headed our way next! <:(

dave; Thanks. We're glad, too! *L*

tt; It might even be a combination of the two, actually (happenings & reportings.) If Ike heads this way, however, we'll be heading elsewhere.

Lana Gramlich said...

travis; We are, too. I just had a look at Ike's forecast & it seems to be headed toward Texas now. Good for us, bad for your compatriots, however. <:(

Marvin said...

Glad that you two came through Gustav okay, but I know from personal experience that a storm's aftermath without power is no fun.

Sensational media reports are not helpful, but officials will always have to make evacuation decision so far in advance of landfall that they can easily end up being wrong.

Thanks for setting up the videos as links and providing text descriptions too. Videos are fantastic for most folks, but would have given my dial up a heart attack.

Barbara Martin said...

Thanks for the video coverage of your enduring Gustav and the power outage.

laughingwolf said...

hoping 'ike' takes aim elsewhere :(

neat stuff, thx lana :) said...

Holy cow!

No wonder you guys are jumped-up and energized in new creativity.

I had a view of Part V.

Scary. Where do you go when the water reaches the verandah?

And a really good blow could put you in the attic. Wow.
Brave souls!

Terrie Farley Moran said...


Thank you for this great report ans some really terrific video. I am grateful that you and Charles are okay and I pray that Ike does you no harm.


Lana Gramlich said...

marvin; I'm surprised we were in as good spirits as we were w/o power for so long. We kept busy reading, playing cards, doing Mad Libs. Early mornings were the worst. I always woke up feeling like I'd slept in a hippo's mouth. *blarg*

barbara, laughingwolf & terrie; You're very welcome. So far so good, as far as Ike goes. Lets just hope it doesn't shift its course any time soon!

ivan; Part III shows the worst of the hurricane, itself, which was nothing, really. Part X has the worst flooding I got on video. Fortunately the waters never seriously threatened the house (which is way up off the ground.) We don't have an attic, actually. Considering the nearby, floody creek, we'll be evacuating from now on. I can't do 4 days w/o power in a virtual sauna ever again.

lyzzydee said...

Thank goodness you made it through, It must have been awful, I like it that when you did get out you got a vital part for your camera!!!!
Scary times and brilliant videos.

Lisa said...

That is some VERY scary stuff, Lana. I am so glad you're ok. I hope the floods didn't do too much damage.

I pray that the next storm -- Ike stays away from your area.

debra said...

I'm so glad you're both safe, Lana. Thank for sharing your journey through Gustav. Your photo of the sunset is my daughter's favorite color: sky-blue-pink!

Britta Coleman said...

I'm so glad you made it through, with your sanity, safety and spouse intact!

Natural said...

my my goodness, those videos were something else. glad you're okay.

Steve Malley said...

wow wow wow wow WOW WOW wow...

SO glad y'all are all right!
ANd that is one *awesome* sunset!

JafaBrit's Art said...

yikes, I am so glad you are all okay.

Your sunset photo is stunning.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks for sharing your video log, Lana. I'm glad things didn't get any worse and that the fire department and military were there to help. Hope Ike heads in a different direction.


Joshua said...

thanks for sharing everything :)

Barrie said...

Wow, Lana. Thank you for going to all this trouble. I'll share the videos with my kids tomorrow. I mean, later today!

Mary said...

I am so glad you are safe and that you have power again.

Thanks for chronicling the whole event.

pattinase (abbott) said...

What an ordeal. I've only ever been in one once and it was frightening. Tornadoes are fun too.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

I am so glad you guys are OK.... Makes me think I should complain less when we get 8 feet of snow.... LOL!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Really a "wow me" post. The photograph is splendid.

My pictures are at Brookville Daily Photo

laughingwolf said...

ugly thing seems headed your way :(

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Lana, what photos!!! How is your yard doing today?

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

I'm glad everyone appreciated my efforts. I hope never to duplicate the task, of course. *L*

laughingwolf; As of right now, Ike's not headed anywhere near us. *fingers crossed*

jj; The lowest spot in the backyard (the bird feeding area,) is still a bit muddy, but other than that, everything's back to normal. said...

WoW! What an experience! You've logged it really well, I'm glad you guys are OK!

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris; Thanks. :)

Demon Hunter said...

I'm so glad that you and Charles made it throuhg safely. Glad to have you back... :-)

Lana Gramlich said...

DH; We're just so glad to feel human again & to be able to enjoy our yard w/o having to be on the lookout for poisonous water snakes. *L*

Miladysa said...

I'm going to come back and read this tomorrow when I have time to sit down with a cup of tea :-D

cs harris said...

What a great idea, taking the videos and posting them. Must have been getting a bit tense there, with the water rising toward your cars (having lost my Golf last year to a flood, I'd have been in a fit!) But I'm amazed they delivered you water, ice, and food. Once the roads were cleared so we could get out, we had to drive up to Mississippi to get ours!

Lana Gramlich said...

cs; The water was just about to seep into my car at the bottom of the driver's door when it started to recede. Relief is not the word! They pretty much had to bring us in supplies--the entire neighborhood was like this. NO one could get out & it was going on quite a few days. I'll never underestimate the wonders of ice again, I tell you!

2sweetnsaxy said...

The videos were amazing. Thank you for taking them and sharing them. Living on the west coast, I've never been through anything like that, never been stranded in my home. I can't imagine what it's like. Glad that you literally weathered the storm and you're okay.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What an experience! You've created a amazing journal of what happened.

Lana Gramlich said...

2sweetnsaxy; Thanks. :) I used to live in Canada, where I was stranded for days in my house because of blizzards. I'd much rather endure the heat than the cold.

your eg tour guide; Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it!

Arija said...

Wuth all that drama going on, you still managed to capture a perfect sunset! Amazing.

Miladysa said...

Thank you for posting these.

The videos were interesting to watch, it was nice to hear your voice and get a real taste for your surroundings.

I'm really pleased that you and Charles came through OK and still smiling :-D

Lana Gramlich said...

arija; The sunset was toward the end of the drama, fortunately!

miladysa; Glad you enjoyed. I wanted to bring people into our world for a little while, y'know?

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Lana - glad you're ok. You take care girlie!

Lana Gramlich said...

nancy; Thanks! Still standing. ;) *L*

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