It’s VatulBlog temporary World Headquarters! Armed with nothing but a map and our wits, we headed northeast out of New Orleans in search of the first major town with an available hotel room (reasonable rate and internet access). The heroic D drove us all the way to Birmingham, Alabama in ten hours. We avoided all major highways, especially after hearing about bad traffic on I-59 in Mississippi and into Alabama.
Before we left, I filed a report with the UK’s Independent newspaper. Here is the article – The eye of the storm: Leaving New Orleans is not an easy choice. D and I also noticed this sign over the front door of Mojo Coffeehouse as we left town! Get it?
Bec, Morwen, Karen, Pistolette, Michael Homan and GulfSails are still in New Orleans. They’ve been posting when they can, so check out their blogs for personal experiences. New Orleans has lost power for the most part and the northwest section of the Industrial Canal is being overtopped (what some of you may be hearing on TV as “tidal sloshing”). No breaches yet – cross your fingers.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT WATCH CNN AND FOX NEWS!
1) Nothing of weather-related import ever happens in the French Quarter. Anderson Cooper standing at the corner of Bourbon and Canal and showing footage of debris blowing around is useless to me. Ali Velshi in Port Fourchon wasn’t so bad, though.
2) After Katrina, they did not learn that a local person well-versed in New Orleans geography alongside the regular reporter is a useful thing. It’s annoying when a cable news reporter stands at point A in New Orleans, refers to it as Point B and the anchor back in the studio asks the most irrelevant questions. MSNBC hasn’t been too bad as they show footage from the local NBC affiliate, but they had to go and interview Brownie.
3) Dear Wolf Blitzer, shut the hell up. Unless you’re right there holding the damned thing up, don’t scare people that a floodwall in the Lower Ninth Ward has breached.
4) If you can read this, you are online. So, go to this online TV news aggregator and watch all four local news stations simultaneously. They are more accurate, comprehensive and relevant than stupid cable news.
More as we know it. If power comes back up soon, we’ll head back to New Orleans tomorrow. I’m worried about Tropical Depression 9, though. But that’s another crisis for another day. Since it is easier to update from the road than the blog, I’m posting regular updates to my Twitter, so keep it over there.