Someone give Anderson a valium: Anderson Cooper is covering Ivan from downtown Mobile and looks like he’s having a grand time being whipped around by the wind, yet I’m talking on the phone with my brother who is about four miles away who says there’s a lull in the winds in the Spring Hill area.
The meterologist and Cooper are acting tremendously goofy as the wind blows them around. “I’ve spent all my career telling people to get out of these things and this knucklehead has got me out here,” says the meterologist. I agree. Someone give him the hook and suggest he call it a night. [mid-post bumper music: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (B.J. Thomas)]
Back at my brother’s house, they are without power but have phone service and plenty of batteries and a generator…They are following the news on radio, local TV and via the Internet via a dial-up account with which they are watching satellite images. He says they are going to try their best to go to sleep…but he recalls the “train sound” of Frederic a couple decades ago.
Update: I’ve added some more Mobile-located Ivan bloggers to the list below.
Update II: CNN reports a tornado warning for Dothan, Ala., at 10 p.m. CDT. I was born in Dothan.