In my last post on Monday I mentioned some concern about Tropical Storm Isaac who was headed towards the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Well TS Isaac did turn into Hurricane Isaac and he also decided to grace the Gulf Coast with his presence…..on the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Well played Mother Nature, well played.
After much discussion, the hubs and I decided that Isaac wasn’t much of a threat to us or our home so there really wasn’t a reason to evacuate. We braved Walmart, which is worse than last minute shopping at Christmas, and got stocked up on supplies should we lose power and get cut off from food supplies. As I was unloading our hurricane supplies, I had to laugh at the distinct separation between His and Hers staples. Care to take a guess which side belongs to whom? If you’re wondering about the bottle of wine, that’s an essential for any hurricane supply kit!
Tuesday morning was still fairly calm so I tried to get a quick 4 mile run it. After 2.5 miles of alternating wind and rain bands (not to mention still feeling like crud) I threw in the towel and walked/sulked home knowing I’d be trapped inside for the next 24-36 hours. This is when my serial stalking of NOAA’s website started. Several times an hour I was on the computer checking the track of Isaac and seeing how close/far away he was. You gotta love technology; although, I have to admit that it was very strange watching the neon bands of the hurricane creep closer and closer to us on the radar while the weather deteriorated at the same time.
Tuesday night was a bit rough, we ended up losing some siding on our house but thanks to Nyquill I slept right through all the excitement. (Sorry for not posting pics of the house but I really don’t want to advertise where I live.) I woke up Wednesday to find that Isaac really hadn’t moved much, he was still on top of us. We’d lost power sometime throughout the night but it was back on by the time I woke up. I made breakfast for Jody (french toast) and myself (oatmeal…I’m so fun, right?) and we just settled in for a day of wind, flooding, tornadoes and idiots who decided that it would be a good time to start looting.
In order to help curb looters (which for the most part worked) and keep people from traveling around in the storm, Biloxi implemented a city-wide curfew. The last time there was a curfew was after hurricane Katrina and prior to that it was when I was still in highschool. I’m not a big fan of being told when I can and cannot leave my house. So how did Jody and I spend our 36 hours locked inside? Well, there was lots of storm/cloud watching at first. It’s really fascinating watching the clouds swirl around you.
Lots of eating. (Turkey on whole wheat with avocado, tomato, and honey mustard. Proof you can still eat clean during a hurricane).
Lots of sleeping.
And lots of watching The Office. We have all of the seasons (up until they replaced Michael Scott, it went downhill after that) and Jody and I just about die laughing everytime we watch them. It doesn’t take much to amuse us.
There is extensive damage done to my lovely Coast (thank you, Isaac), after several days they’re just starting to get major roads open and lots of businesses flooded, but with everything all said and done, I feel like we were very fortunate. 7 years ago, the Coast witnessed first hand with Hurricane Katrina the devestation that Mother Nature can cause. However, we also witnessed the generosity of our country as strangers from all over reached out to help us recover. As long as I live, I will never forget the kindness and selflessness displayed during Hurricane Katrina. I’m just incredibly happy that Isaac was nothing like Katrina. I also want to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Like I said before, we were very fortunate, but parts of Mississippi and Louisiana were not so lucky. Please still be in prayer for them. Below are some images from Hurricane Isaac’s visit in Mississippi. I didn’t take any of these, they were all submitted to our local news.
Question: Have you ever gone through a natural disaster? What do you like to do when Mother Nature locks you inside for an extended period of time?