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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: wlee
2005-08-29 08:36 pm (UTC)
Bleh, the news blows everything outta proportion.
So no one can be expected to take them seriously when the real thing hits.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-29 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, CNN was interviewing a couple kids in Baton Rouge from LSU, but Weather Channel had a few guys right near New Orleans in some high-rise buildings. They did a pretty good job at sorting out the nonsense from the pure information.
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From: wlee
2005-08-29 10:02 pm (UTC)
I must say the weather channel is a strange bunch.
When the 3 hurricanes plowed right through here last year the weather channel is the last plast I'd look for real information on the storm.

If you wanna see idiots getting thrown around in the rain I'd reccomend FOX, MSNBC, or CNN
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-29 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I took one look at that LSU interview and said "no, thanks."

I kept following Jim Cantore on WC as he had to leave the parking lot, followed by cell phone or land-line reports that the parking lot had flooded over the tops of SUVs, then mentions of the building getting barricaded, et cetera . . . Jim wasn't a happy camper toward the end before I dozed off.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-29 10:28 pm (UTC)

Someone Set Up Us the Flood. We Get Signal.

Oh, I also love how hurricanes in FL are no big deal, but New Orleans hurricanes are billed as Sodom and Gomorrah combined. Gotta love the biblical references by the various people invterviewed. What about smaller towns, which were probably trashed far worse than the city?

Note that I'm not trying to undercut the relative chaos and upset over any area that gets hit by a hurricane. It's probably a nightmare to experience for the first time.

Speaking of which, the eurasian tsunami was mentioned a lot today, which of course has nothing to do with the massive flooding in the South. Still, you can't blame people for making the connections, I guess.

What's next, a batch of mile-long tornadoes to sweep away Las Vegas?

Or, for that matter, Birmingham and Atlanta. That thing's still kickin' fierce as a hurricane, so there's probably more damage reports on the way.

Oh, I found this data collection of eurasian tsunami images and videos. Unlike the hurricane, of which they generally give at least a handful of hours with warning, the tsunami in that region clearly was a total surprise to many, even some locals, who had never witnessed such an event.

http://www.nodalpoint.net/tsunami/

Of course, I believe that the added drama from the newscasts in favor of facts probably was due to the intial 'authorities' who billed Katrina as a disaster of "biblical proportions." Drama's good, but it's best reserved from blogs and people who are concerned about others that they know in the area.

Also, I think the potential for the storm as a Class 5, given that the levees and the surrounding New Orleans area only had precautions built for up to Class 3, coupled with the possibility that the storm could have theoretically wiped out the city and killed thousands, probably had something to do with the massive coverage, as opposed to the 'no surprise' consensus when another storm hits Florida.

People in the US went bonkers over the loss of thousands in the attacks on 9/11. Anything that potentially could destroy over hundreds of lives in an area not known for doing so tends to get this kind of attention.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-29 10:30 pm (UTC)

Correction:

Drama's good, but it's best reserved for blogs and people who are concerned about others that they know in the area.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-08-30 02:00 am (UTC)
The looting of the South is in progress in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
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