36 hours after landfall, the people in New Orleans emergency shelters are being evacuated as levee after levee is breached by flood waters and the shelters are filling with water. Water from the Mississippi River and from Lake Pontchartrain is now pouring into the city, bringing the water level up to at least 25 feet in parts of the city. Also, as time goes by, we start to get more reports from the coast of Mississippi and realize how complete and extensive the destruction really is. Gulfport and Biloxi are in very bad shape to say the least, and strong tornadoes generated by Katrina's spiral bands have ravaged parts of Georgia. This is very similar to Hurricane Camille in 1969, but Katrina was LARGER. The death toll from the storm is now around 70, but there are a LOT of people unaccounted for, so that number could rise drastically in the coming days and weeks. Nearly all communication and transportation is cut off, so information out of the area and assistance into the area are greatly hindered. I'll once again provide a link to the American Red Cross for donations: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp. Although Gulfport was hit very hard by the eastern eyewall, New Orleans may end up being the worst off, as the city sits submerged for weeks or even months without power, water, or sewer services. The ultimate doomsday forecast that was made for the city has sadly come to fruition. The terrorist attacks on the US in 2001 had a total cost of about $40 billion. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 cost $42 billion. All four big hurricanes in 2004 (Charley, Frances, Jeanne, and Ivan) added up to about $46 billion. Hurricane Katrina could potentially be twice those values. For those who are interested, I have created radar loops of Katrina's two landfalls: the first on Thursday afternoon near Miami, and the second on Monday morning near New Orleans. http://einstein.atmos.colostate.edu/~mcnoldy/tropics/katrina/Katrina_25Aug05.gif http://einstein.atmos.colostate.edu/~mcnoldy/tropics/katrina/Katrina_29Aug05.gif The tropical wave I mentioned yesterday over the central Atlantic between Africa and the Lesser Antilles has remained unchanged. There is still a disorganized broad surface circulation and a more impressive anticyclone aloft. It's located roughly at 14N 38W and tracking W at 10kts. Conditions still appear favorable for gradual development.Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.
30 August 2005
Katrina still devastating parts of the coast...
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