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  • Hurricane Katrina strengthened to a catastrophic Category 5

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9063708/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffir-...urricane_Scale

    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina strengthened to a dangerous Category 5 on Sunday with 160 mph sustained wind as residents of south Louisiana jammed freeways in a rush to get out of the way of the powerful storm.

    The National Hurricane Center put out a special advisory on the hurricane’s gain in strength just before 8 a.m. EDT. The boost came just hours after Katrina reached Category 4, with wind of 145 mph, as it gathered energy from the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Officials worried that not enough people were taking the monster Category 5 storm seriously enough.

    “People need to take this very seriously and get to a safe area while they can,” said State Police Sgt. Frank Coates.

    By Saturday evening, Mayor C. Ray Nagin was visiting New Orleans television stations and urging people to leave.

    Severe danger
    Katrina was expected to hit the Gulf Coast early Monday and a hurricane warning was in effect from Morgan City to the Alabama-Florida border.

    “I’ve been here 33 years, and we’ve always been concerned about New Orleans,” said National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield. “I had to let the mayor know that this storm has the potential not only to cause large property damage, but large loss of life if people don’t make the right decision.”

    Mayfield said Katrina could be a disaster for New Orleans because the bowl-like city sits below sea-level and is dependent on levees and pumps to keep the water out.

    “You could very well be looking at a storm surge of 15 to 20 feet, possible 25 feet,” he said. “If that water breaches the levees it will take forever to drain it back out.

    President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, and his spokesman urged residents along the coast to heed authorities’ advice to evacuate. Nagin was exploring the idea of ordering a mandatory evacuation


    'All we can do is pray'
    “At this juncture, all we can do is pray it doesn’t come this way and tear us up,” said Jeannette Ruboyianes, owner of the Day Dream Inn at Grand Isle, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island.

    The storm formed in the Bahamas and ripped across South Florida on Thursday, causing nine deaths, before moving into the Gulf of Mexico. It was expected to grow in strength over the gulf because surface water temperatures were as high as 90 degrees — high-octane fuel for hurricanes.

    Nagin said he spoke to a forecaster at the hurricane center who told him that “this is the storm New Orleans has feared these many years.”

    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a test. This is the real deal,” he warned. “Board up your homes, make sure you have enough medicine, make sure the car has enough gas. Do all things you normally do for a hurricane but treat this one differently because it is pointed towards New Orleans.”

    Making matters worse, at least 100,000 people in the city lack the transportation to get out of town. Nagin said the Superdome might be used as a shelter of last resort for people who have no cars, with city bus pick-up points around New Orleans.

    “I know they’re saying ‘Get out of town,’ but I don’t have any way to get out,” said Hattie Johns, 74. “If you don’t have no money, you can’t go.”

    Owners of gas stations in and around New Orleans were forced to direct traffic as lines to the pumps stretched down surrounding streets. Gas stations were running low on gas by midafternoon Saturday.

    “I was in line at the bank for an hour and have been waiting for gas for 30 minutes,” said John Sullivan. “If it’s anything like they say its going to be, we don’t want to be anywhere close to the city.”

    Louisiana and Mississippi made all lanes northbound on interstate highways. Mississippi declared a state of emergency and Alabama offered assistance to its neighbors. Some motels as far inland as Jackson, Miss., 150 miles north of New Orleans, were already booked up.

    By 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, the eye of the hurricane was about 275 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph and was expected to turn more to the northwest during the day, the hurricane center said.

    “We know that we’re going to take the brunt of it,” Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. “It does not bode well for southeastern Louisiana.”

    Some tourists heeded the warnings and moved up their departures, and lines of tourists waited for cabs on New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street.

    “The problem is getting a taxi to the airport. There aren’t any,” said Brian Katz, a salesman from New York.

    But plenty of people in the French Quarter stayed put, and bars were rocking Saturday night.

    “The only dangerous hurricanes so far are the ones we’ve been drinking,” said Fred Wilson of San Francisco, as he sipped on the famous drink at Pat O’Brien’s Bar. “We can’t get out, so we might as well have fun.”

    Gathering strength
    New Orleans’ worst hurricane disaster happened 40 years ago, when Hurricane Betsy blasted the Gulf Coast. Flood waters approached 20 feet in some areas, fishing villages were flattened, and the storm surge left almost half of New Orleans under water and 60,000 residents homeless. Seventy-four people died in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

    Katrina was a Category 1 storm with 80 mph wind when it hit South Florida on Thursday, and rainfall was estimated at up to 20 inches. Risk modeling companies have said early estimates of insured damage range from $600 million to $2 billion. <not updated figures

    Nine people were killed in Florida, including two people discovered Saturday in their home after suffering apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator. Utility crews were working to restore power to about 700,000 customers, down from more than 1 million. Florida has been hit by six hurricanes since last August.

    Katrina is the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1. That’s seven more than typically have formed by now in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane center said. The season ends Nov. 30.

    Last edited by KAIN II; 08-28-2005, 06:39 AM.
    Add 3,000 post to my stats Kain has been posting here since early 2003.

  • #2
    louisiana & mississippi are going to be under water and royally fucked up after this shit.

    best wishes to them.

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    • #3
      Holy shit look how far it still can go to strengthen.

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      • #4
        Winds up to 175 MPH now, and looking at the eye, with it's 'stadium effect' going on... It appears it isn't done getting stronger.
        Signatures are overrated....

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        • #5
          people are pussies. throw a hurricane party. and people in mississippi deserve to die so fuck em
          IT'S KILLA SEASON BITCH!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Since this is severe, we'll allow two threads of the same topic. I'll cross link it to my thread to get more warnings out.

            Anybody in New Orleans, GET OUT!!!
            We can make it better...

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            • #7
              crazy...my homegirls mom was supposed to fly back over there tomorrow...guess that's not happenin

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              • #8
                damn my prayers to them but they are utterly screwed.
                say my name.
                && i won't answer.

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                • #9
                  i feel terrible for those people, God be with them all
                  i have a belly full of white dog poop and you lay this shit on me?

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                  • #10
                    RIP to those who have passed

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