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So close…

…in many ways.  At one point during the day, this was the picture.

We woke up at 6:00am to the blaring of tornado sirens.  Throughout the day, we experienced bands from Hurricane Gustav and then hours of lull.  In all, we received about 4.5 inches of rain and gusty winds of about 35 mph in Mobile.  However, we only lost electricity for about 30 seconds around noon.

Our family in Lafayette looked to be in the path of a killer, but by the time the storm reached there it had lost much of it’s punch.  They did lose electricity earlier in the day, but I expect that to be reconciled sometime tomorrow.  It appeared that across Southern Lousiana, our family fared extremely well and didn’t suffer much damage.  And, to top it off, the levees held and New Orleans fared extremely well considering what could have been.  Feeling extremely fortunate, I left to get celebratory ice cream for everyone at Sonic.

When I returned, #1 son (who’s staying with us) told me that his grandmother had called and that Mr. D’s sister’s brother-in-law and wife had been killed when a tree fell on the house they had evacuated to in Baton Rouge.  Sadly, they had evacuated to avoid this sort of danger.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and all of those who lost their lives and property in this storm. 

As they say, “But for the grace of God…”

  Waiting on an Angel, Ben Harper


Posted by on September 1, 2008 in hurricane, Louisiana


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