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AC360° Correspondent | BIO
We are on our way to Baton Rouge to meet some of the folks who evacuated from New Orleans. I’m with my producer, Chuck Hadad.
We flew into Jackson, Mississippi because the Baton Rouge airport was closed. At first, it was just raining… now it’s storming and the wind is rocking our car back and forth pretty fiercely.
At first we thought the drive would be a breeze, but now we’re seeing big downed trees in the road and it’s nearly impossible to see through the rain out the front windshield. We are following our crew which is in the car ahead of us and we can barely see them. At this point, we are still 70 miles away... Not good!
We’ve had to slow down considerably even though we’re on a deadline. Chuck is white-knuckled on the steering wheel. The only cars we’ve seen are a few state troopers... It seems most took the advice to ‘get their butts out of town’ before the storm hit.
We must be in between bands because the rain seems to get really strong, then falling off for a bit. Gustav is keeping us guessing that’s for sure.
Once we get to Baton Rouge we’re not expecting any stellar conditions either. About 30,000 people are without power, including our hotel. Have you ever tried taking your contacts out in the dark? I did it during Katrina. It’s a challenge. I look forward to doing that again.
I’m also looking forward to meeting some of the evacuees. One woman we expect to have on the show tonight evacuated with her husband and 12 year old son. They stayed in New Orleans during Katrina and this time said not again. Her son is a bit of a ‘storm chaser’ so it should be a great interview.
I’ll keep you updated on our travels along the way…
Cross your fingers for us we get to Baton Rouge safely… thanks!
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