As you will notice, I am based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Yep, right in the middle of the State of Emergency that has been declared for Louisiana. So far, the weather's good, it's actually sunny and warm so far right now, around 85 degrees. I am stocked up and prepared for the impending weather, now simply just waiting to see what happens. Thought I'd take a moment to update on the conditions, and what's been going on so far.
- State offices are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Louisiana State University isn't having classes on Tuesday or Wednesday.
- The Mall of Louisiana has shortened hours tomorrow, and is closed on Wednesday.
- Much farther south, around New Orleans Parish area, there have already been mandatory evacuations issued.
- Most businesses are closed tomorrow, and some on Wednesday also.
- Traffic's horrible. No bones about it. People seem to lose the ability to stop and think properly when major disasters happen. This time, the governor is being pre-emptive about events and there's a large number of buses, coaches, and other methods of transportation to assist in the evacuations in the lower parishes.
- All of the coastal state parks are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Gas has jumped up .15 in the past 36 hours, to (last I saw, 3.65/gallon). Lines are present at every station, a lot of them were out of fuel Sunday night (seems as though they received shipments though, as a lot of them have fuel once again) and people aren't thinking very clearly when it comes to lines at the pumps, as they are cascading them out into oncoming traffic and causing huge blockages/hazards in several high traffic areas.
I am planning on getting pictures about every twelve hours to keep an update on the storm, making it more frequent updates as the storm nears (even if I lose power, I will have the pictures and will get them up as soon as power's back on)! So, keep stay tuned for shots of the sky showing the changing conditions, and updates!
Storm updates can be found at the following links
Facebook: Hurricane Isaac Updates