In the Path of Tropical Storm Isaac


This latest tracking map indicates that Isaac will engulf almost the entire state of Louisiana. Now that we are living in a trailer, there is even more concern than usual about the impending storm, which is strengthening and should be classified as a hurricane soon.

We were fortunate to have missed Hurricane Katrina for the most part in 2005, but were hit by Hurricane Rita as it toppled several trees in the Cenla area of Louisiana.  Trees blocked several streets and roads in the area and I can remember my son-in-law, who managed the local Domino’s Pizza store at the time keeping the store open for people who had lost their power and were unable to cook a hot meal.

However, Hurricane Audrey hit Cenla with full force in 1957. That was the first hurricane that I can remember and it knocked down a very tall pine tree on our property. Audrey had already killed about 500 in Cameron, Louisiana area before reaching Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana.

I can remember not having electricity for three days and my dad going to Jimmie Hoyt’s Truck Stop to purchase some dry ice. I was particulary worried about my baby sister, who had been born three months before Hurricane Audrey and how she would react during the storm, but as far as I can remember she handled it alright.

We don’t know what the future holds in store for us in the next two or three days, but right now we in the path of a storm that is out in the Gulf of Mexico gaining strength.

If the storm spawns tornadoes, there could be even more danger to people living in trailers, since tornadoes have lifted trailers off their foundation and sent them airborne. I don’t mind flying, but would rather not be flying around in a trailer.

Nothing is certain as of this minute, since storms can change course and go a different direction, but right now we have every reason to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

I remember when Hurricane Rita was first supposed to hit land at Corpus Christi, Texas, but it kept drifting eastward till it hit land around the Lake Charles, Louisiana area. The track of Isaac seems to be moving westward. It looked like the worst of it would hit Florida, but now it is on track to hit Louisiana later this week.

All we can do now is prepare for the storm and wait to see what happens when the storm or hurricane hits. We are about 100 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, so that may spare us the worst of the storm. Last month we were living 50 miles closer to the Gulf of Mexico, so we will see if the extra 50 miles inland makes a difference, when it comes to damage from the possible hurricane.

People living near the Gulf of Mexico know that during hurricane season, they have to be prepared to evacuate on short notice and this is one of those times. Those living further north in central Louisiana are also affected by the storm, as they buy generators and stock up on batteries, food and supplies in preparation for the storm. They may not be hit by the full brunt of the storm, but falling trees can knock down power lines, which causes homes to have no electricity.

It would be great if the storm goes off in another direction, but it doesn’t hurt to be ready for the worst.





Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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