If the forecast holds true, and I really hope it doesn't, my location only 17 miles (27K) from the coast and well within the predicted 40 mile (64.5K) wide eye of Gustav, will see 110mph (177kph) sustained wind with gusts of 150!mph (240!kph)
(gasp) for 6+ hours
on Tuesday morning and hurricane conditions for 24 hours
...not to mention 30 inches of rain! I've never evacuated for a storm but I might just do that.
I'm in the little town of Saint Martinville, which could be in the dreaded "right front quadrant" of this massive storm, especially if the storm "threads the needle" and makes landfall in Vermilion Bay to my south. I say massive because the hurricane wind field could be 140 (225K) miles wide by the time of landfall. The Cat. 3 or 4 wind field could be 70 miles (112K) wide! Considering the slow movement predicted, about 8 mph, we could be in the wind
for a loooong time.
A 110mph (160kph) wind will do things like tear down strong trees, break all unprotected windward windows, tear off all your home's roof tiles and some of the understructure, completely blow away mobile homes, (kill you if you're stupid enough to be outside
) and embed debris in exterior walls. Since I live in a strong, short, brick house, with no big trees around to fall on me, that wind would be tolerable. (In 2002, during Hurricane Lili, I experienced 115mph (168kph) wind in gusts...loud as a jet engine...I said to myself "I know Cat 3 wind, I don't want to ever feel more than that."
On the other hand, a 150mph (240kph) wind (even in brief gusts) will do things like blow train engines off the tracks, toss light automobiles through the air
, and cause some exterior walls of strong-frame houses to fail (and kill you if even if you're inside). That
wind is not something I want to be around for!
Anyway, a bit of blogging on my part; I'm going wrap my piano in foam rubber and five layers of plastic sheeting.
PS: If there's storm video of any substance to be posted, (hopefully, there won't be any!) I'll share that with y'all.
Anybody else been through a hurricane?