by Kevin Allman
Slept remarkably well. I think the secret was
a large tranquilizer a nice hot glass of warm 2% milk.
Ray Nagin is on MSNBC now. Good news: the storm degraded to a Cat 3 and picked up speed. Bad news: the track is still the worst possible one, at least for the people of New Orleans and thereabouts.
Contraflow -- the procedure where both sides of a freeway become one-way -- is in full effect. Various reports on whether roads are easy-breezy or a nasty stop-and-go affair enlivened by screaming/sleeping children, cranky pets, Mommy and Daddy screaming at each other, and the phrase "You're just going to have to pee in a bottle."
The New Orleans City Council is being sent to Baton Rouge.
The West Bank of New Orleans is now under mandatory evac. Evac starts at noon on the East Bank (where the French Quarter, Garden District, etc. are located, you tourist you).
Trop storm forces winds expected in the city early Monday, and things should go down down down from there.
Nagin: "Anyone who's thinking around and becoming a looter" will be sent "directly to Angola Prison...in the general population." If that doesn't scare you, nothing will.
Pres. Bush and Vice Pres. Cheney have announced they won't be coming to the GOP Convention because of Gustav. That sound you hear from millions of cars stuck on the highways is bipartisan laughter.