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30th-Aug-2008 04:45 pm
Going back through all of my blog posts after Hurricane Katrina reminds me of going to bed on the 28th with the knowledge that New Orleans/The Gulf Coast would be completely wrecked and laying there unaware of what really lay in store. It wasn't until the first week in September when we started getting a better idea of the true toll that I started writing like a man possessed. The link above is a tag of my posts from that time.

Let's hope we have all learned some vital things, and that my fears (of this potentially being more devastating on an environmental scale to include more death and property destruction) are for nothing.

Let's also hope that my friends and family there get somewhere safe and for those who cannot, I send love and good energy in the hopes that you'll be alright...
30th-Aug-2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I wish for safety for all. Have they not rebuilt the levees? All I saw were some metal gates. Are those the new and improved levees, or is there, sadly and most embarrassingly, going to be more of the same needless tragedies of three years ago?
30th-Aug-2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
No levee can be feasibly built for New Orleans that will make it hurricane sound, but also consider that most of the surrounding areas and much of Mississippi and Louisiana are right at sea level, which makes it a bigger threat once the storm surge comes inland - in a Cat 5 hurricane, that could be 15-20+ foot walls of water, not unlike a tsunami - only this comes and stays for a while. Then there's the 150 MPH+ winds whipping everything up and turning objects into missiles.

This is much bigger than just New Orleans, really. In size alone, it could cover both states easily at the same time before the slow down starts if conditions are right. This is really bad, Nina.
30th-Aug-2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
It is worse than I thought. Good grief. No answers but to evacuate.
30th-Aug-2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Truthfully, yes. Evacuation is about the safest bet.

We got a lot of people in shelters her after Katrina and went to volunteer at the Red Cross, but it was so unbelievably unorganized. We tried going around to shelters to find intact families and offer to have them come stay with us, but to no avail - it was very frustrating. We cried for about 2 weeks just from the frustration and helplessness of it all, but then again consider that for us this is essentially in our backyard. Granted, I'm 3 hours inland and nowhere near this storm system, but they've come through here before (Opal) and I know what it's like for the coastal communities as I've experienced that as well (Earl). Those were cakewalks compared to a Cat 4 or 5.

It's really hard to imagine unless it touches you directly in some way, and even then you cannot fathom what it really does.
31st-Aug-2008 12:40 am (UTC)
The last update was two hours ago, and it's literally teetering on the edge of Cat 5: http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/8_16992.html?from=hp_news

Once it moves into the gulf, it will either meander a bit and then show some serious growth before landfall, or it'll just explode outright and continue gaining momentum.
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