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CHASED BY HURRICANES

Posted: Friday, September 23 at 02:57 pm CT by Bob Sullivan

HOUSTON -- Kris Markey just can't believe what she's watching. Hurricanes, it seems, are chasing her.

Four weeks ago, she and husband Mike had packed their bags and were planning to leave New Orleans on vacation. Before Katrina hit, they were in their cars and headed toward the airport. But they didn't make it out in time. Their flight was canceled.

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Mike Burns, Kris Markey and her husband Mike stand outside their hotel in downtown Houston. (Andrew Locke / MSNBC.com)

So they headed north, and west. After spending a few nights sleeping in hotel parking lots along the way, they made it Houston, where it seemed they had finally gotten lucky. They found a hotel room, and Mike, a JP Morgan employee, was back at work at the firm's Houston office.

Now, they are holed up in Houston's Magnolia Hotel, about to ride out hurricane number 2.
"I just keep thinking I'm going to wake up and this is all going to have been a nightmare," Kris says. 

Their house in New Orleans 9th ward is on slightly higher ground, and they hear it actually fared well.  But they haven't even thought of heading back yet, and now, it's not clear where they will be tomorrow.

Michael Burns, a JP Morgan coworker also at the hotel, didn't fare as well. His apartment buidling in New Orleans collapsed, he's been told by friends. He doesn't know what's left of his belongings, and he probably won't know for a while.

Still, the three find time to laugh, standing in the stiff breeze outside the hotel.  And Kris vows that no matter how long it takes, she and her husband will make it back to New Orleans and rebuild their lives there. 

"We are die hards. My husband grew up there, and we love the place," Kris says.

Plans for the future -- but not before they get through tonight, not before the hurricanes from the 2005 season stop chasing them around the Gulf Coast.

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