Update, September 6, 7:43pm: I’m putting this disclaimer up about the Merritt Island reporter item because I can’t find a source for it other than that commenter on LGF. I don’t know how much of it is true. If anyone comes across anything corroborating this statement please let me know. Thanks.
Okay, just one more and then I really need to get up from this computer and do something else before my eyes shoot out of my head like two flaming golfballs. From this open Katrina thread on LGF, this comment, a report from, I guess, a Merritt Island, Florida news site or blog (no link is provided). Read the whole thing — samples:
On Friday night before the storm hit Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center took the unprecedented action of calling Nagin and Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of New Orleans and they said they’d take it under consideration. This was after the NOAA buoy 240 miles south had recorded 68′ waves before it was destroyed.
Bolds mine. Good God, 68 foot waves. More:
Just before midnight Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco and pleaded with her to sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could legally begin mobilization and call up.
He was told that they didn’t think it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet. After the President’s final call to the governor she held meetings with her staff to discuss the political ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was decided that if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in.
(Bolds mine again.) Frankly I find that unbelievable. A monster storm is heading to your state’s below-sea-level city and you sit around worrying about “political ramifications”??
And this comment right under it brings up something I wondered about too. On the complaint about help not getting to the area fast enough:
Huh. I’ve been asking people over and over if they think the hurricane is *poof* gone after it hits on, say, Monday. Apparently they do! (Really, does NOBODY watch the weather channel?)
I understand that the inexperienced and cut-off people trapped in New Orleans wouldn’t have any idea that what weather conditions were like outside of their area, but what is the excuse of people who had full access to weather reports? No wonder my head hurts.