It’s a little like arm-chair quarterbacking to be in North Dakota and to be talking about which direction a future hurricane might take. But after Katrina, the subject of a hurricane in the Gulf is suddenly a lot more than just casual water cooler talk.
First of all, check out the latest from the National Hurricane Center before you read anything I write about where any hurricane might be headed. As of this writing, Rita is a tropical storm, just shy of hurricane strength, and just about ready to move past the Florida Keys and into the gulf. While it looks as if Mississippi and New Orleans will be spared, the concern is about the Texas coast.
There is a huge amout of petrochemical industry along the Texas coast, especially around Galveston Bay and southward along the coast to just north of Corpus Christi.
While another Katrina sort of disaster is not likely, Rita will likely be a major hurricane at landfall.
Personally, I’ve never been in a hurricane. However, I did live in Alabama and Louisiana as a child and my grandparents lived in Kemah, Texas, on Galveston Bay. They went through many hurricanes, including the very strong Carla in 1961. I still have my grandmother’s 8mm movies she took of the wreckage after Carla.
I’m wondering if anyone locally (North Dakota/Minnesota) has any good hurricane stories.