Sunday, August 28, 2005

New Orleans soon to face Katrina's wrath

Hurricane Katrina is expected to slam into New Orleans early Monday morning in what will be the city's first direct-hit by a hurricane in 40 years. As if this writing, the storm is a category five with 165 mph winds:

"The conditions have to be absolutely perfect to have a hurricane become this strong," said National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield, noting that Katrina may yet be more powerful than 1992's Hurricane Andrew. Andrew, with 165 mph winds, leveled parts of South Florida, killed 43 people and caused $31 billion in damage.

"It's capable of causing catastrophic damage," Mayfield said. "Even well-built structures will have tremendous damage. Of course, what we're really worried about is the loss of lives."

As many as 100,000 inner-city residents didn't have the means to leave, and an untold number of tourists were stranded by the closing of the airport. The city arranged buses to take people to 10 last-resort shelters, including the Superdome.

This shaping up to be a serious event. Pray for the city and those that are stranded there.

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