Monday, August 29, 2005

7:00 a.m. CDT
Back online. I got four hours of sleep. I turned the scanner off just before passing out. The last I remember, the cops all along the shore were calling in to report as the roads became inpassable. When I turned it on this morning, it was silent.
I woke up to the sounds of the expansion joints in the walls and ceiling creaking. It's not black outside, but it's real dark.
The eye made landfall in SE LA about an hour ago.
Here the wind is gusting hard and blowing sheets of rain westward. It feels to me winds sustained in the mid 40's with gusts above 60 miles an hour. I ventured out to get a feel. There's lights out inthe parking lot that are starting to bend hard. One will rip apart a pickup truck parked near it, if the light's metal pillar fails.
There's a Reuters photog taking shelter with us. He went out and spied a sea gull sitting in the middle of the rain and wind in the parking lot. I don't know how it is staying situated there and whether it will survive.
It's only going to get worse from here- the storm seems to be drifting our way. It looks like it could be a direct hit, like Camille in 1969. The Weather Channel showed waves cresting over the coastal highway with a surge reaching 20 feet.
We're still dry here. Eight hours to go.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another J-school grad up early here in Laramie, Wyoming...hosting Morning Edition on Wyoming Public Radio and general assignment reporting in the afternoons... Just got the email. Wishing you safe passage through the storm.
Best,
Kristin Espeland, '05

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