HOWEVER, the paragraph I quote below disappoints me.I take Dr. Masters' point, and I will almost certainly evacuate New Orleans by Sunday. But Dr. Masters is mimicking lies that people not as bright as he have been telling for years.
"Today is the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic hit on the Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama coast. Unfortunately, I think that people living in New Orleans should mark the anniversary of Katrina by getting the heck out of the city.You live at the bottom of a bowl, ten or so feet below sea level."
No, I don't. I live in the heart of the city; my house is above sea level, as are many houses in New Orleans.
"This is not natural."
"Nature wants to fill up this bowl with huge quantities of Gulf of Mexico sea water. There is a storm capable of doing that bearing down on you. If you live in New Orleans, I suggest you take a little Labor Day holiday--sooner, rather than later, to beat the rush--and get out of town. Gustav is going to come close to you, and there's no sense messing with a major hurricane capable of pushing a Category 3 storm surge to your doorstep. Don't test those Category 3 rated--but untested--levees. Conventional pre-Katrina wisdom suggested that the city needed 72 hours to evacuate. With the population about half of the pre-Katrina population, that lead time is about 60 hours."