While waiting to return to the Gulf Coast as a Hurricane Katrina evacuee, I wrote about blogs about Hurricane Katrina and I was curious to see if those bloggers are still blogging about Hurricane Katrina and its after effects and restoration to normality, or if they took on Hurricane Rita in their blogs.
Dr. Jeff Master’s Wunder Blog on Weather Underground, Steve Gregory’s Specialized Transportation, Safety and Commodity Forecast Services Blog on Weather Underground, and The Weather Channel’s blog are dedicated to nothing but blogging about the weather, so their coverage continued with Hurricane Rita.
Deadly Katrina is still blogging about the news and activity around Hurricane Katrina, with little mention of Hurricane Rita except how it effects the impact of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on the twists and turns of the media in covering all that went wrong and sensational.
WeatherBlog – blogging the weather one day at a time also continues coverage of all weather related topics, so there is a good deal about Hurricane Rita onboard. As it only deals with weather topics, it has stayed close to its focus and continue to report on the weather and not so much on the political and social issues around weather issues.
Kay Trammell’s Hurricane Update Blog was unique as it focused upon Hurricane Katrina up-close-and-personal, but also as an assistant professor in mass communication at Louisiana State University, blogging about the impact of the storm on the media and the media’s impact on the storm. In keeping with the times, Trammell changed her blog title to “Kaye’s Hurricane Blog” to expand coverage and blogging topics to Hurricane Rita. Moving ahead with the times.
New Orleans Metblogs metro blogging site features various reports from local bloggers on the evacuation and Hurricane Katrina. The range of age and types of bloggers on this site makes the coverage random yet interesting. One whines about how boring Hurricane Rita is compared to Katrina, even though it is currently getting all the media attention, and another welcomes the chance recently to reconnect with a lot of friends and family dispersed from Hurricane Katrina, brought together again over worries of Hurricane Rita. The coverage ebbs and flows across all types of subjects related to the hurricane strikes in New Orleans and will probably continue to do so.
Ernie the Attorney told of driving for 4 hours to only go 15 miles to evacuate from New Orleans and how he decided to return home and ride out Hurricane Katrina. He continues to blog about the impact via his cell phone and taking pictures with his cell cam. He tells of the impact on New Orleans, how the clean up and response has been, also poking at the media and the politics. Now, he and others in New Orleans face rising waters and high winds from Hurricane Rita, and he continues to write about the storms’ impact and results.
The nola.com reports on New Orleans news, lifestyle, and activities and continues blogging about Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans and the recovery efforts. The blog continues on with damage and impact from Hurricane Rita, and takes many to task for political and social actions as part of the storms’ stories.
Few webcams from the New Orleans area stayed on through the storm, but most have been restored, giving you live views of the New Orleans area as Hurricane Rita bashes it once again. Earthcam’s Bourbon Street, New Orleans, New Orleans WWL-TV, Nola.com’s New Orleans Bourbo-cam, Cincy Street New Orleans webcams, WAFB Tower webcam, WBRZ Traffic News webcams in New Orleans, and other webcams from WXNation’s New Orleans List of Webcams continue to work, though they black out from time to time.
Hurricane Katrina comment spam continues its assault on many blogging sites, soliciting donations and leading people astray, so expect to see some Hurricane Rita offerings clogging up your comments. Make sure you have good comment spam fighting tools, like WordPress and WordPress Plugins, to stop them before they get started.
What’s New to Blog About With Hurricane Rita
So that’s what the veterans of Hurricane Katrina are blogging about, and some are talking about the recently arrived Hurricane Rita. What new blogs and bloggers popped up into the public view along with Hurricane Rita?
Markus Egger’s travel blog expanded to cover what to do in preparation for riding out Hurricane Rita, which attracted the attention of many other bloggers considering the same. Taylor Tree tells of his blog being found by SkyNews UK and getting interviewed about his blogging and coverage of Hurricane Rita as he stayed to ride out the storm.
A Certain Slant of Light covers the aftermath of Hurricane Rita and the problems with fuel and recovery. Daily Kos, one of the most popular blogs, is reporting about the personal experiences and news stories of riding out the hurricane, including maps and links for donations.
The popularity of blogging about Hurricane Katrina has spread to blogging about Hurricane Rita has encouraged many people to blog about how everyone is blogging about Hurricane Rita. This site is no exception. Is Full of Crap has a list of bloggers blogging about Hurricane Rita, as does the Guardian UK Blog, Michelle Malkin.
Hurricanes have been smashing into much of the United States forever. Florida battles two to five or more hurricanes annually, though not all are so devastating. The East Coast and Gulf Coast areas continue to be a target for hurricanes. What is interesting is how this normal phenomena was made more phenomenal because of the first hand blogging accounts of their approach, land fall, after effects and recovery. And that the media discovered the power of blogs as part of their news reports.