Ok, last-minute change of plans. We ARE staying in New Orleans, riding out the hurricane in a big 3-story mansion on Coliseum square. Gloria's daughter and husband invited us to stay, plus another couple. 6 in all. We're on natural high ground, have a generator, lots of food, water, and fuel. Plus, the weather reports are looking a "bit" less threatening for New Orleans proper. But it's still anybody's guess.
Me, I'd feel better if we all left. But these are the best circumstances if we're going to stay. And we'll all be together. So I had a valium and took a swim. Feel a lot more optimistic now.
Thanks for all the great messages. Frederick