This may belong in the Off-Topic section, but I think it is something that we should share our thoughts and feelings about. [It does belong in Off Topic, so that's where I've moved it. MAB]
First off, my prayers go out to all the victims of Hurricane Katrina and their families. I also hope for the best for those who survived, but are now stranded, and mostly homeless.
Yesterday, when I was watching the coverage of the aftermath of the storm, I was struck by some unsettling parallels regarding the storm's impact and the Titanic: the fact that many of the people who were stranded in New Orleans were heard crying out for help, on Monday night, while the rescue boats were not able to come to their aid. I also found myself wondering how many of the people died in their homes, their bodies will not be discovered for some time; some of the people who were rescued might also succumb, as well; "time will tell", for that. I also think that there will be instances where whole family units were wiped out. I do hope, though, that I will end up being wrong on that last item.
I hope nobody from ET was trapped or killed.
Two friends of mine, who moved to Hattiesburg (MS), 80 miles north of the Gulf, were okay, thought their yard had some major damage. Fortunately for them, none of their trees struck their home or their cars; many of their neighbors were not so fortunate. Ironically, Hattiesburg is a designated evacuation town (people came up there to escape Ivan in 2004 & Dennis, last month).
Again, to all Listmembers with friends and family, or who live or own property in the affected areas, my prayers will be with you.