Fortunately, Ian and Marysia were not home the day that Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and then worked its way up through Mississippi. The eye passed within 100 miles of Tuscaloosa, which was plenty close enough.
We lost power for three days and cable-TV/Internet access for 9 days. A sizeable limb from one of our oaks fell across the street–blocking it for several hours.
My neighbor, George, and I were in the basement for three hours, playing Crazy 8’s by candlelight, while the storm raged. We heard this limb snap and tentatively came back upstairs to see what had happened. Nothing we could do about it then so back downstairs we went.
I’m just glad I didn’t have to keep Ian away from the water heater and furnace while hiding out from the storm. And “camping” in one’s house without electricity… well, that gets old after an hour or two.
I shot some video of the aftermath and slapped excerpts from it up here:
The files are fairly large and require a fast Internet connection to download.