October 03, 2002
Lili arrives

Hurricane Lili has made landfall in Louisiana. The good news is that Lili has been weakened by some dry western winds and has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm. The bad news is that she's still packing 100 MPH winds.

Once again, Louisianans know how to get through the tough times:

Some residents stayed. Steve Petty, 45, taped the windows of his Lake Charles home but did not board them up. Late Wednesday, he was watching baseball playoffs in one of the few open businesses -- a bar and pool hall.

"I've been through Audrey and several others I can't remember the names of. I'm not freaking out, I'm not leaving town. I been through a lot worse," Petty said.

One other bit of good news comes from Scott, who reports that the McIlhenny Company, the makers of Tabasco sauce, expect to keep on making their spicy nectar without disruption. Whew! It's one thing to threaten oil rigs, but when you start messin' with Tabasco sauce, you've crossed the line.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 03, 2002 to Around the world