New Orleans Evacuated and in Path Category 5 Hurricane Katrina
August 28th 2005
A more Current Story:
Storm Track and Damage in Mississippi, LA and Alabama
Hurricane Katrina has developed into a category 5 hurricane and is now
located about 150 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi
River. The National Weather Service says this could be “potentially
A mandatory evacuation has been issued for New Orleans. Much of New
Orleans is below sea level. This could be New Orleans first direct
hit of a hurricane in 40 years. The Superdome has been designated
as a “place of last resort”. The Washington Post reports that the
hurricane could leave one million people homeless.
The NWS have issued a Hurricane Warning for “the North Central gulf Coast
from Morgan City Louisiana Eastward to Alabama / Florida Border.”
Showers have already begun to fall in the Big Easy.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for East of the Alabama /
Florida border to Destin Florida and from West of Morgan City to
Intracoastal City Louisiana. A Tropical storm warning also extends
from Destin Florida Eastward to Indian pass Florida and from
Intracoastal City Louisiana westward to Cameron Louisiana.
Katrina is moving Northwest at 13 miles per hour (MPH) with a gradual
turn to the north expected over the next 24 hours. The weather
service expects the storm to be near the gulf coast early Monday.
Things have already began to deteriorate along portions of the gulf
coast and will worsen through the night.
With wind speeds of 165 MPH, Katrina is considered a category five
hurricane on the saffir-simpson scale. Katrina is expected to be a
category 4 or 5 when it makes landfall. Forecasters expect the wind
to be stronger on upper floors of buildings than the floors near the
Katrina is considered to be a large hurricane with winds extending
outward up to 105 miles from the center. The tropical storm force
winds extend another 125 miles out from there. This makes the storm
approximately 460 miles in diameter. The storm surges flooding is
expected 18 to 22 feet above normal tide levels and as high as 28
feet possible. Some levies in New Orleans may be “over topped”
according to the National Weather Service.
Bloomberg has reported that this may be the costliest storm in US
history. Eqecat Inc., estimated that the storm will cost insurers
15 to 20 billion dollars, and since it is hitting directly on New
Orleans the cost may be at the higher end. Hurricane Andrew in 1992
cost the insurance industry around 20 billion dollars. So far
Katrina has cost between 1 and 2 billion when it hit Florida last
To make matters worse there may be another tropical depression forming.
The weather service has said there is an area of low pressure
associated with a “tropical wave” located about 325 miles southwest
of Cape Verde Islands. Expect more information on this within the
next day or so.
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