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Hurricane Katrina Hits New Orleans, Biloxi/Gulfport. [Aug. 29th, 2005|11:00 am]
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The GOES satellite images are just the beginning.

The reports start to collect from the various news sources. Apparently, the Superdome, which is the shelter for the New Orleans residents who could not leave, is crumbling in a part of the roof, and water floods the building. Also, the levees that shelter the city, much of it below sea level, broke. One broke near or in the French Quarter.

The Weather Channel seems to have the least irrational coverage.

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From: zboson
2005-08-29 06:05 pm (UTC)

Lady Crescent, please live

I'm stunned, and extremely upset. In fact I'm crying right now.

Last night one of my best friends in the world, who doesn't evacuate, finally decided to get the hell out (and THANK GOD). I spoke to him last as he was clearing Baton Rouge at 9pm, so I'm pretty sure he reached Texas before the worst hit. Though, he had to leave his beloved cat behind. I am so worried about those who decided to stay - especially those who remained in their homes, of which there are plenty.

New Orleans is the most beautiful, amazing, magical city in the US, if not the world. It's the kind of place that makes you fall in love with it, which I did so many years ago when I lived there. They used to tell us every season about the "worst case scenario", which was this apocalyptic warning of widespread and permanent destruction of some of the oldest history in this country, which would happen if a Category 5 ever struck. No one really believed that would ever happen within their lifetimes, one reason being that there is a voodoo protection spell cast over the city yearly to protect it from just such an eventuality. New Orleans is vulnerable, built as it is precariously upon swampy land which sinks constantly but gradually. This really could be it for the city. We may see irreversible loss.

Though it appears to have taken the brunt of the storm, latest reports from residents who decided to stay (because yes, there are those who would rather go down with their city than abandon her to the floods, and I don't blame them - not to mention those who have no choice but to stay) are saying that flooding isn't as bad as expected, considering the worst of the storm has passed. However, there is the storm surge to contend with, which may account for an unbelievable amount of destruction and death within the next few hours.

You know, I always thought I'd go before my beautiful city did. Hang on. Please hang on.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-29 09:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Lady Crescent, please live

I'm sad inside over the damage, since I've walked through there and enjoyed the city, as well as Biloxi and Gulfport.

I've walked that beach in Mississippi, and the area by the Gulf is beautiful. Mobile, Alabama, was also affected with massive flooding in the lower-level downtown area.

New Orleans holds a lot of early history in the buildings and landmarks of the United States.

It appears that some of it will be lost, as the latest report I noticed mentions that 30,000 homes were lost.

There are blast holes in the high-rise buildings in New Orleans. As if the city were home to a small-scale war.

It could have been far worse for the city, but this is quite enough, as Katrina has retained its general cell, and Birmingham and Atlanta are next.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-30 01:55 am (UTC)

It Was Worse Than I Expected from Earlier Reports.

They just played footage of the aftermath in Louisiana on ABC during the Monday Night Football game.

The north side of every high-rise, including the Hyatt near the Superdome, all of the buildings have completely blown-out windows.

The flood waters extend up to the top of a regular 1-story building. They're rescuing people from rooftops.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-31 03:33 am (UTC)

Not to Mention, Some of My Relatives.

I didn't mention it before this, but I have a few distant relatives who live around the area that was thumped worst, through Mississippi and Louisiana.

I'm still waiting to hear from my dad on what happened. At least one of them I'm starting to become concerned, given the aftermath reports.
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