Yes, we are preparing for Gustav. Yes, we are north of New Orleans, about 4 hours or so. Yes, we will get rain. But for the most part, the good peeps of Natchitoches are pretty calm. Most living here are locals, and they've been there-done that. Folks are still stocking up on water and snacks though, many of which are hosting family from the south. Fuel prices are starting to creep up and will continue to do so over the weekend.
Northwestern State is an official Red Cross evacuation designation. Students from the University of New Orleans are headed this way by bus, as I type. Students from other universities, as well as displaced families will stay in vacant dorms and the PE & Health building.
Right now, though, as I look out the window and see beautiful blue sky and sunshine, it's hard to believe that we're going to be greeted by a downpour pretty soon. For now, we're headed to the first football game of the season, complete with tailgating.
We'll keep you updated (if we have electricity!) and please, pray for those who are moving in this storm.