Mom and Dad had packed everything in their car and had planned to evacuate but as the time to leave got closer, they decided to stay. I wanted them to leave but honestly, I would have stayed too.
The predictions were that it would hit south of them as a Category 2. Their new roof was completed just days before so rain wasn’t going to be pouring in.
Dad told me Friday morning that there was a strong north wind blowing, which should weaken the storm, and he was sure it was going to make a late turn to the east. It did, and Jennings, LA took more of a direct hit.
My parents, and most in the Lake Charles area lost power before the worst of the storm got there. They had a ton of rain, some were saying about 15”. Dad said the winds only got up to about 105. Sounds pretty scary to me but after Hurricane Laura, I guess 105 seemed like a cakewalk.
one thing everyone needs to remember – once the winds get to a certain point, 30 to 40 mph I think, they pull the police, sheriff, ambulances and there’s no help coming. That’s why I wanted my parents to leave. If they had heart issues, a kidney stone, a fall – there was no help available.
I pray it’s a very long time before they have to worry about another hurricane.