Pat Shingleton: "A Look Back at Emily and Rita..."
A couple of "look-backs" on this Fall Saturday morning...On this date in 1987, I was in Bermuda, accompanying my wife on an advertising conference. Actually, three members of our family made the trip, including our “soon-to-be-born-by-four-months” daughter, Katie. Also visiting Bermuda during this trip was a tropical storm bearing the name of Emily. There are plenty of Emilys in my wife’s family. Her mother was Emily Lou, her sister is Emily and our niece and Godmother of our son Michael has the name Emily. There are many chapters in the family registry about “our” Emilys. Tropical Storm Emily hit Bermuda with 85 mile-per-hour winds. As all weathermen would do, I watched the storm from a pub in the hotel, enjoying a couple of pints while making sure that my wife was secure in an interior room. Adding another archived item to the mix...At 2:38 AM on Saturday, September 24, 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall at Johnson’s Bayou in Cameron Parish as a Category Three Hurricane. Winds were clocked at 115 miles-per-hour historically making Rita the fourth most intense Atlantic hurricane. Rita followed Katrina, causing extensive damage to two cities on each end of our state. Ironically, this year's hurricane - Laura bested Rita in numerous categories. On September 23, 2005 my column noted that “for the first time in 25 years…temperatures in the Gulf are above 90 degrees.” The Saturday-land-falling-storm prompted the LSU Athletic Department to re-schedule the LSU-Tennessee game to a first-time Monday night contest. WBRZ Sports Director, Mike Cauble noted,”it was Coach Les Miles’ first home game with unbearable weather conditions.” The storm placed stagnant, post-storm moisture, in the stadium, creating an extremely uncomfortable environment. LSU led 21-0 but lost in overtime.