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Sep
08

the ugly step-sister of the mother of all storms

Gustav Aftermath

Gustav Aftermath

In my estimation, there were a few reasons why Gustav wasn’t the ‘Mother of All Storms” as Mayor Ray Nagin predicted and that’s 1. because the emergency managers were allowed to do their job and the ‘political appointees’ aka “that moron Mike Brown” were removed after the Katrina fiasco.  2.  The mindset is different and people are afraid.  Good.  They should be afraid.  Fear is good.  Fear is a great motivator.  3.  The storm itself hit as a CAT 2 and not a 3 as Katrina was and more to the point, it was not a direct hit but more of a side swipe as Gustav’s entry was at a near 20 degree angle.  But let’s not overlook what really happened which was unprecedented and that was the safe evacuation of close to 2 million people out of the danger zone and who know how many lives were saved by this amazing achievment?
What happens next time and how we stop the devastating storm surge is the real task ahead.  The Army Corps of Engineers is building barriers out in the wetlands.  It might be more expedient to just rebuild the wetlands and let them work.
But what exactly is storm surge?  Why is it such a danger?  Well, simply put, storm surge is water and lots of it.  (to be continued — the RNC has interrupted my bliss)
No Storm Surge - New Orleans, LA - Courtesy NOAA

No Storm Surge - New Orleans, LA - Courtesy NOAA

Storm Surge with slow moving CAT 4  Courtesy NOAA

Storm Surge with slow moving CAT 4 Courtesy NOAA

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