Well it's Deja Vu all over again as Yogi would say. Tomorrow the anniversary of Katrina. Something about August 29th. The wind won't be much of a problem. However floods will. I can foresee a huge area that is flooded if their predictions of 20 inches of rain come to be or if this storm slows down even more. New Orleans may or may not be prepared, but this is such a vulnerable area that I am afraid we are going to be witness to that vulnerability.
It won't just be the gulf either. As this moves north I think Flash Floods will become an issue. I don't know where this is all going, but you can be fairly certain it is not going to be pretty and could bring some major devastation and loss of life. I can already say I never saw anything in my life this huge. Florida to Texas and up to North and South Carolina and that is ALL before a single landfall. After the landfall, it will affect another huge area likely to go all the way to Maine and beyond. A lot of water is coming and flooding so widespread they will look back and wonder how they never saw that part coming. State after state after state.
Florida can take a pretty good punch because we have good drainage and lots of lakes etc. The parts of the country that it is about to hit is low and the amount of rain can rewrite some of the maps in the bayou country. North you have lots of valleys and Gorges and it is going to be ugly. And the real story could be east in Mobile and Biloxi because of the way this storm is shaped.
So keep safe of you are in the part of the country. Our wishes are with you. You are witnessing history.
Have a GREAT Day!