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Monday, August 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

The News is breaking fast about Hurricane Katrina. Mom has been posting comments, about the the current developments. Follow the comments on this post for the latest on what is happening. Here are the current developments:

Read the comment section for the latest developments.

MOM said...
Bob,I am glued to the tv this morning. There are reports of major structural damage in downtown New Orleans and the pumps there are off. They hope to have them back up around 3 this afternoon. Gulfport,MS is getting slammed. They have a reporter who is out in it (crazy person) on Fox News. There are reports of a hotel that has collapsed in Harvey, MS with people trapped inside and reports of people trapped in attics with the bottom of their homes filled with water.
10:14 AM
MOM said...
Just in, the Mississippi levee has broken at the French Quarter.
10:16 AM
MOM said...
Correction, that is Harvey, LA where the hotel has collapsed. Also there are reports of boats being knocked into buildings in Gulfport, MS.There are reports of 911 calls of people trapped in buildings, but rescue people can't get to them right now.
10:33 AM
MOM said...
100 Windows blown out in Hyatt Regency New Orleans.Lake Pontchartrain Levee breaks in East New Orleans.
10:37 AM

Photo credit: NOAA


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Shepherd Smith, in the French Quarter of New Orleans says there is a lot of debris everywhere, but the French Quarter is not currently flooded. Automated pumping systems are still working there even though the main pumping system has given away.

In far southeastern LA, there are reports of 100s of people on rooftops waiting rescue. Flooding there is tremendous!

At 11:56 AM, Blogger B O B said...

The President is expect to speak today at about 1pm, oil prices have at one point gone over 70 dollars a barrel. It is expected that President Bush will release some of the oil reserves. The increase of price is directly related to Huricane Katrina

At 12:15 PM, Blogger B O B said...

"The American Red Cross is launching the largest mobilization of resources in its history for a single natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina, a deadly Category 4 storm, is barreling ashore this morning along the Gulf Coast and has the potential to leave widespread devastation in its wake."

From the American Red Cross

At 12:17 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Fox is reporting that at least one person is trying to go through his ceiling breaking his way to the roof as the water rises.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

South of Lake Pontchartrain area completely flooded.

Flooding from storm surges major worry in Alabama. Wind gusts in Orange County of 84 mph, 100 miles away from the eye of the storm.

Local bridge in downtown Mobile, AL has been blown out.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Fox, Phil Keating, New Orleans reports: wind and rain have picked up in the last hour. Still too dangerous for emergency crews to get out to people.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Hurricane Katrina now downgraded to a Cat 2 with 105 mph winds.

Gulfport, MS, wind and rain are lessening, but still lots of debris flying around. Even the fire house has been knocked out of commission (doors blown off). The nearby weather station wind measuring instruments have been blown away.

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

750,000 people without power in LA. Could be without power for a month.

Several areas under 9 or 10 feet of water in Louisiana.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Insurance loses alone are reported between 16 and 25 billion. Damage to the oil production infrastructure is extimated at 3 billion alone.

Source CNN television reporting

At 6:07 PM, Blogger B O B said...

In some areas of New Orleans the water has reached the level of roof tops. Reports are coming in that entrance ramps to the expressways are being use to lauch boats for rescues.

Source CNN television news


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