That thing is scary. I hope it doesn't hit us here in Louisiana but I feel sorry for whomever it does end up hitting. We don't live below sea level. I live in Lafayette, LA so I'm not exactly on the coast but hurricanes can extend many miles inland. With hurricane Gustav, catagory 1 hurricane force winds were felt all the way up in Alexandria Louisiana, over an hour drive north of where I live. If it looks like it's heading our way I'm taking down all my skirting myself before it arrives. If I don't then that hurricane will rip off the rest of my skirting and possibly damage someone else's property. I'll be looking for an article that appeared in our local paper regarding New Orleans. I think you'll find it interesting that someone over a hundred years ago knew better than to build in what is now the 9th ward that flooded in Katrina.