We spent a lot of time in the very early morning moving around the city. By that time we'd already sustained some very high winds and the city was completely transformed from what it was 24 hours before.
No one was moving with the exception of the Press, the Police and the National Guard. I remember that they tried to set up the camera and report from the corner of Decatur and Canal and the cameraman nearly got run over by a passing garbage can that would have mowed him down if he hadn't dodged it at the last moment.
One thing I have to say about these crews was their professionalism. They had been in situations like this in the past and were always careful.
There is something about an empty city that can both thrill and chill you. For me it thrilled me. It was an exhilarating experience being out there. The same cannot be said for the present crisis. We had to go into the city a few nights ago to put some packages in the big box at the main post office and nothing moved out there. The city center looked as if everyone had just walked away and left it to die. This was the chill. Even though we are only 5 minutes from the city center, we were eager to get home as quickly as we could. Back to the safe surroundings of our home. We could shut out that world and act like it didn't exist.