Gulf Coast braces for storm

My dad called me this morning and said New Orleans is expected to get more than 20 inches of rain over the weekend. I didn’t believe him — that sound’s ridiculous. Surely I would have heard about this, seeing as most of New Orleans lies below sea level and its reputation for being flooded is now global. Seeing as the media made such a big mess out of Irene, which turned out to be more or less nothing, I would hear about a tropical depression slamming into New Orleans, right?

Nope. Although the winds are about the strength of Irene when she made landfall last week (65 mph), and it will pack a hell of a punch in terms of rain, no one seems to care. Big surprise.


Turns out — my dad was right.


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