While I'm generally breathing a sigh of relief, I feel a good deal of concern for those in the path of this storm. Anntichrist S. Coulter
of Blonde Sense
lives in Louisiana, and I hope she has high ground to move to if this comes close.
At the moment, I'm reminded of Hurricane Camille
in August of 1969. My Dad was in Biloxi, Mississippi when it hit and I drove through a month or so later. It looked like carpet bombing with destruction continuing well inland.
Katrina is now a Category Five with sustained winds at 175 miles per hour. There will be massive waves and a storm surge. New Orleans is six feet below sea level on average and needs levees and pumps to keep from flooding in normal times. If this storm comes anywhere close it will flood.
Katrina is a larger storm than Camille and will affect a wider area. Local officials are asking the Federal government to move MASH units into the area for assistance after the storm moves through.
Pensacola is still closing down and buttoning up because of this storm. It is due in 200 miles West of me, but there will be effects felt here.
We can hope that it will lose some strength before making landfall tomorrow, but you can't count on it.
Update: the fourth most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record. Miles O'Brien of CNN is moving
to Baton Rouge. He concluded his satellite truck would be under water if he stayed.
Update: [8PM CDT] The first rain/storm bands are coming on shore at my place.