Went to bed late last evening with things as prepared as possible. Woke up this morning and checked out the weather. Oh man this is going to be bad, very bad. Hurricane Ida is just offshore and slightly west of the New Orleans area. Category 4 and may be a 5 soon. That makes little difference a cat 4 insures massive destruction and will literally destroy the small bayou towns lying in the path of this storm. The storm surge and high winds are our afternoon expectations. There were massive levy and flood protection projects implemented in the 16 years since Katrina assailed this area. Billions spent. Now it appears the gulf waters may breach the top of these systems. If that happens it liken to filling a bowl as the flood protection systems keep the waters in place as opposed to keeping water out. My son is a police officer and tells me there have been reports of thugs moving about looking take advantage of the situation and prey on peoples properties that have evacuated the area. It seems folks monitor their properties remotely and are spotting these bastards prowling about. All I can say it wont go well for anyone caught doing this in Orleans or Jefferson where I live. The cops here dont abide those trying to take advantage of a dire situation. They did not during Katrina and will not now. Extended power losses are going to happen through out the lower areas of the state. Including here probably starting this afternoon. Chaotic days ahead. "Its on!" as the saying goes.