The engines are being shut down on our flight to refuel for a return flight to ATL [Atlanta]. What a joke! This is outrageous.Airplane passenger Hanson Slaughter • Discussing, via text message, the status of his flight into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, which landed on time but has been held at the airport out of an abundance of caution (with passengers still inside) after the airport received a bomb threat. The airport just received an all-clear after a full evacuation of the facilities had been ordered and a sweep of the airport had taken place.
This dad, a massive University of Alabama fan, got a great gift from his kids … a hat modeled after legendary Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant's. But it was what was under the hat — a ticket to the BCS championship game between the Tide and Notre Dame — that truly was worth a huge freakout. Reaction? Priceless. (ht Hypervocal)
» A large storm stays together: While not nearly as strong as Hurricane Katrina, the storm is nonetheless dropping a ton of rain — up to 20 inches in some places — and due to its large size, National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb says that the storm is “not going to fall apart real quick.” Local officials are assessing rescue efforts needed for those stuck in flooded homes.
I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever Isaac may bring.Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley • In a statement regarding Tropical Storm Isaac, which, almost exactly seven years to the day, is following a very similar path to Hurricane Katrina, starting relatively weakly around Florida and hitting the Gulf Coast states, where it may strengthen. Bentley has evacuated low-lying and coastal areas in his state. Other regions are also considering evacuation plans, including New Orleans, which was very badly struck by Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says that the city, if it needs it, says that it is better-prepared to handle a major hurricane this time around.