Sunday, August 28, 2005
Hurricane Katrina rocked southern Florida, and prepares to rock Louisiana early Monday.
(Click title for current NOAA IR satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico)
Upgraded to a category 4 storm this morning, it is expected to attain category 5 prior to landfall.
If this storm continues its present course, it could mean a very grave situation for New Orleans. With the storm pushing 20-50 foot waves ahead of it, and with the heavy amounts of rain associated with this storm, New Orleans could be irreparably swamped. Remember that New Orleans is below sea level and has gargantuan pumps which keep the city from flooding. A failure of these pumps...or their being overwhelmed...would produce a huge environmental disaster in addition to destruction of property and potential loss of life.
Say a prayer for those in the path of the storm.
Note my house on the map...[gulp] :)
[via NOAA-GOES web site]