The tropical storm Ida pounding into the Alabama and Mississippi Coast tonight, reminds me of a little more that a year ago when Gustav was bearing down and we decided to head to the Alabama coast to ride out the storm. We learned that these systems are so big they make life miserable a long way from land fall -- especially on the coast.
My sister and her husband rented a condo on Perdido Key on the Alabama coast line where we all watched the anrgy sees and agitated winds pound the coast line. Our power went out the first night and the condo grumbled and moaned through the night. Just crossing the street was strenous, and any attempt to attack the beach was beaten back with spray of salt, water, sand, wind and whatever could be loosed from the earth.