Katrina getting ready to slam NO

Posted by: ST on August 28, 2005 at 8:54 pm

Hurricane Katrina image courtesy of Weather.comThe satellite pictures are not pretty.  Maximum sustained winds right now are at 160 mph, travelling NNW at a speed of 11 mph.  Last information I heard, this category 5 hurricane is exepected to make landfall in New Orleans between 3 and 4 a.m. CT Monday.  Our friend and commenter here Big Bang Hunter posted this in another thread (as I was remiss in not starting one sooner but I’m trying to make up for lost time):

ST – Politics aside, for those that havn’t been able to keep up with the news. Hurricane Katrina has been elevated to a category 5, with sustained winds exceeding 165 mph, with gusts to over 175. Considering that the central winds generally accelrate even more as a storm reaches a coast line, thats going to make Katrina the strongest storm ever recorded in Gulf coast history. Louisiana and Miss. have been decalared in a state of emergency, with over 100,000 people still trapped in New Orleans, the point of expected landfall. Everyone should say a little prayer for the people of the area. This could be a real disaster, owing to the below sea level topography of several places in the path of the storm. President Bush is working with the Governors of the threated states and is expected to enlist the National Guard and other available emergency services from neighboring uneffected Regions. Some people are being checked into the [S]uperdome to ride out the storm, as many as 45,000 people may take shelter there.

Most of New Orleans lies below sea level, so this hurricane could completely devastate that area.  Hurricane Katrina is being compared to Hurricane Camille, which struck the Mississippi Coast in August 1969:

It would be the strongest storm to batter the Mississippi Coast since Camille raked across the state killing 131 people in Mississippi alone, and leaving another 41 missing in August 1969.

Another 216 were killed as Camille moved through Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

Camille was the most powerful and devastating hurricane to hit Mississippi and was one of only three Category Five hurricanes to hit the U-S mainland since 1900.

The folks in that part of the country will definitely be kept in my thoughts and prayers and hopefully yours too.    Anyone who reads this blog from the affected areas, I hope you will check in as soon as you can to let us know you’re ok.

Update: Michelle Malkin has a Hurricane Katrina blogging roundup.

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4 Responses to “Katrina getting ready to slam NO”

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  1. Bang, please check your email :) — ST

  2. StemCellBabe says:

    The storm left a nasty path of destruction.

    My comments in the previous thread voiced a real concern about the number of National Guard forces available at home to help with the disaster. Many share this concern, regardless of political bent.

    The hurricane has also affected oil production in the area and will send oil prices skyrocketing. Gas prices are everyone’s concern.

    My point: The effects of the storm are far-reaching, beyond the immediate damage.

  3. In the past, I have had my life uprooted from accidental fires (once an appartment fire caused me to become homeless without any possesions of my own), but I could not imagine my entire neighbourhood, city or even state destroyed and devastated.

    I encourage everyone to volunteer (search & rescue workers, fire fighters, debris clearing, medical staff, engineers, etc) for or donate to a hurricane relief fund (the damage is tremendous and many homeless or missing) like UNICEF, American Red Cross (many wounded need blood donations, even volunteer nurses and doctors are needed) or the Salvation Army (find links on http://www.sparesomechange.com for homeless organizations near disaster areas), (make sure it is reputable organization)!

  4. SCB: Don’t worry. The affected areas have about 75% of their National Guardsman at home (source: CNN two nights ago. I watched the broadcast). We also have NG troops in many other places overseas, some of which *I* would say were unnecessary. But it’s not an issue here at the moment. I just don’t want to make this morph into a discussion about Iraq. Mentioning the name “Iraq” is all it takes. I’d like to concentrate on the relief efforts if possible.

    SE: Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions and welcome to the blog.