To clarify on the “rough roads” bit, many streets are sort of like what we called washboard roads out in the country. Just choppy as hell and not a smooth path in sight. And even fairly major thoroughfares are not immune from sudden and large dips, potholes, etc.
Mind you, not every road is like this, and I know the city well enough to plan smooth routes, but it will be inevitable that I hit upon lumpy and unpredictable pavement.
And Elwood, my preferred trick is to leave at like 2 in the morning after evacuations are announced. No mucking about with traffic, and I sure as hell am not sticking around for doomsday scenarios.
Thanks for all the help everyone!