Tropical Storm Chris could grow into hurricane today (Time to Get On Our Knees and Start Praying Again)
I bet the Almighty receives a ton of prayers from the State of Louisiana during this time of year. We are now starting the dangerous part of The hurrican season. In the southern part of the state it seems almost every icebox has a hurricane tracking map along side pictures of the kids an relatives.
The Shreveport Times has the full story on tropical storm Chris that could very likely become Hurricane Chris today. Here of course we have been looking at this storm when it was a tiny zygote of a disturbance.
"All the models are saying this could be a hurricane later today,” said Terry Ryder, executive counsel to Gov. Kathleen Blanco and the governor’s office liaison with emergency responders.“It’s way too early to know what’s going to happen,” Ryder said this morning. “It is almost twice as far from the tip of Florida as the tip of Florida is from the mouth of the Mississippi River.”The five-day forecast shows the storm on a projected path that would take it south of Key West and into the Gulf of Mexico at 2 a.m. Monday.Ryder said the high-pressure system hanging over the Georgia-Alabama line is forcing the hurricane to take a more westerly course. If the high stays in place, it would be more likely that the storm would go into Mexico or Texas, he said."
"The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Hurricane Protection, which has 24-hour monitoring of the Atlantic and Gulf weather patterns, was preparing to activate its crisis management team Wednesday night, said Mark Smith, spokesman.“We are monitoring the storm,” Smith said. “We have a conference telephone call later today with Frank Rivet of National Weather Service in Slidell. We will get more specific information from them about what they expect from this storm,” Smith said.Louisiana officials are on heightened readiness levels because of the vulnerabilities that still exist in South Louisiana due to damages from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last summer, Smith said. “We have an amazing number of supplies and commodities prelocated around the state ready to move as needed.”State Rep. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Louisiana is ready. “We don’t need another hurricane,” Thompson said, “but we are better prepared than we were last year at this time.”Behind Chris, there are additional storm systems, including a low front moving off the coast of Africa. This signals the beginning of what experts call the Cape Verde Hurricane Season, when multiple storm seasons move from Africa westwardly through the Camp Verde Islands."
Also on a related topic. Have you snailed mailed or emailed a response to this silly paper in Wisconsin that Conservative Cajun talked about? I have.