Again, slightly off-topic, but thanks to all for your inputs, your data-sharing, your perceptions, and your questions! I think this has been the most exhausting storm-tracking I may have done in quite some time, but y'all have helped make it bearable!
Just in case you missed it, Mayor Landrieu basically said we are hunkering down and riding this one out unless major changes happen. Gov. Jindal said low-lying parishes should evacuate, but that's about it for now.
"Let's work the problem, people; don't make things worse by guessing!"
The preparedness guide says 30 hours before tropical storm force winds are expected.
Phase III - 30 Hours before onset of tropical storm winds. Includes areas on the East Bank of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area which are within levee protection system but remain vulnerable to a slow-moving Category 3 or any Category 4 or 5 storm. These areas are depicted in YELLOW on the Evacuation Map. During Phase III, certain routes will be directed and the Contraflow Plan implemented.
Nola.com is talking about the possibility of a "compressed contraflow"
I'm just glad it hasn't taken a bat out hell trip west. If - big IF it keeps drifting north nothwest, its going to change the projected path. But if it starts more west than north, its probably just heading west to Texas.