Thursday, August 25, 2005

Katrina – Part 5

Here’s the latest from the Sun-Sentinel:

Here’s the radar image from The Weather Channel:

It looks a lot worse up north towards Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach; stores are closing, public transportation is stopping, and the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International airport is closing at 8:00 p.m. Miami International is staying open, but check with your airline. The Publix supermarkets are also closing. The Tim McGraw concert at the Hard Rock casino has been postponed to September 19, but the Green Day concert at the Office Depot Center is still on for tomorrow night.

But some things are not going to let a little rain and wind stop them: the MTV Video Music Awards are going on as scheduled at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami on Sunday night, and the Miami Dolphins pre-season game is still on. Party on, dude!

From here it reminds me of Charley last year — grey skies, wind, and rain — and a lot like those late summer storms we used to get in Michigan about this time of year when we’d stay inside all day, light a fire in the fireplace, play bridge with my grandmother, and drink whiskey sours. Party on, two hearts!

Update – 3:46 p.m.: With winds now reaching 74 m.p.h., Katrina is now officially a hurricane.