Sunday, September 18, 2005

Tropical Storm Rita

So they say that Tropical Storm Rita may hit the "low lying Florida Keys" so Gov. Jeb Bush ordered an emergency evacuation because of the possible threat of a TROPICAL STORM. What was the reason this was not done for people in New Orleans? I mean I know that a majority of the people did - but why is this being done for only a TROPICAL STORM when they knew well ahead of time that Hurrican Katrina was going to be a very strong storm. Think maybe it has something to do with a relative in the White House not wanting to suffer the blame of another hurricane catastrophe? Hmmm.... Also - It says in the news that the storm is currently over the Bahamas right now... with 50 mph winds. I've been to the Bahamas - and I don't see it as being severly hurrican ravaged... how do they manage to cross with almost every hurricane or tropical storm and all this weather that eventually dies down... and still have tourist season every year. I mean, I foresee New Orleans still being re-built, and still being rebuilt by the time I am graduating from seminary - but these countries in the bahamas seem to do OK year after year with 19 & 20 storms forming and at the least sweeping by them. I'm really not trying to be a bitch or a smart ass with these questions - but I just don't get it...

1 comment:

Phipps said...

I don't think anyone planned on Katrina getting through the Gulf, and up into New Orleans with all that force like it did. In looking at the map, New Orleans is rather protected, and most storms get broken up as they pass around/through Florida. People in the Florida & the Caribbean board up their homes annually for these kinds of storms. I think they're used to the pattern, and they don't take the warnings lightly. Grand Cayman was destroyed less than a year ago...I have a client that lost their vacation home down there. It was completely leveled. I'm not saying that people in general ignored the warnings in New Orleans, but I have a hard time imagining that there were never any warnings given, or that the "Bryan Busby" of New Orleans wasn't telling people to get the he!! out of Dodge. I'm sure the weathermen were telling everyone it was serious business, and they probably watched it come all the way in. However, I can't speak as to why the Governor of Louisiana, the Mayor of New Orleans, and the Feds didn't work together to evacuate the city, including the people that don't watch the news or read the paper. A couple pieces of info. that I'd like to have are (A) when did the authorities or the weathermen in New Orleans tell people to leave the city, and (B) how many days later the did storm hit?