I've lived in Selma, Alabama for the last three years, several miles away from hurricanes and tropical storms.
During a 26-year journalistic career with The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi, names like Ivan, George and Katrina are forever locked inside my head.
Thought I was done with hurricanes.
Not so fast.
Last year, Hurricane Zeta roared through the Black Belt and damaged buildings in Selma and knocked off power for three days during Halloween week.
Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina stamped itself in my life, Hurricane Ida may leave a mark.
Co-workers are obsessed with Ida, as if they resided on the Coasts of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi and in the danger of losing their homes.
The Black Belt won't be impacted by Ida, except heavy rainstorms and possible tornadoes over the next three days.
In this area, we're used to tornadoes and flooding roads.
I've got a Pulitzer as part of The Sun Herald's coverage of Katrina in 2006. While I am proud of the honor, I rarely discuss that unless people ask me.
I don't mind. It's part of my life on the Gulf States, where I don't live anymore.
JK Jones' writing career began as a junior at Holt High in 1986 as as Sports Editor of the Purple Reign, the school's newspaper until graduating in 1988. It opened the door to a long and successful sports writing career. As an author, several of Jones' E-books were best sellers. Jones has shown promise during the early stages of screenwriting. Jones' short screenplay, Instant Replay, was accepted by the Cannes Latitude Film Festival in 2016. Jones' most recent screenplay, False Start, was selected to the Chihuahua International Film Festival in November, 2019. For more information, visit https://www.scriptrevolution.com/profiles/jk-jones.