Quote of the Day “Squalls out on the gulfstream, Big storm’s coming soon” –Jimmy Buffett, “Trying to Reason with the Hurricane Season”
Well, we knew it would happen, and sooner rather than later. A big storm is entering the Gulf of Mexico, almost three years to the date after Katrina. Two song lines came to me as possible quotes of the day for this post and I used the Buffett one because its a melancholy song. The other one is the Leon Everette song “Hurricane” and the line “don’t mind the strain of a hurricane, it comes ’round every June.” Three years ago I’d have chosen that line, probably because I wasn’t born when Camille hit and the Mississippi hurricanes of my lifetime–Frederic, Elena and Georges– were not devastating. I thought they were at the time, but Katrina showed the falsity of my assumption.
Pre-Katrina, I’d laugh at the projections that would start when a storm was several days away. I knew from experience that most storms weakened, veered away from us, and were hyped by melodramatic weathermen excited to have their day in the sun. (I know, that’s pretty bad, but I’m leaving it.) I was tougher than any hurricane. In fact, I thought it was a good time to get some beer, hang with an ARB or two and enjoy the day(s) off. Maybe grill up all the fish and meat in the freezer.
But TB ain’t gonna lie. These storms scare the hell out of me now, and I don’t even live on the coast anymore. They scare me because I know how Katrina changed people I know and love. I know she killed some of our weaker and older people on the coast before their time, and I’m talking about in the years after, not just the hours and days. I know there are a lot of people that are gonna have a hard time facing the repairs they’ll have to make even if the storm isn’t another big one. I know State Farm and Allstate will screw them again. Those people on the coast, in Pascagoula and Jackson County in particular, are tough and self reliant and resilient. I just hope and pray they don’t have to be any of that in the next week or so.