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Hurricane Katrina Live Thread, Part VI
NOAA - NHC ^ | 28 August 2005 | NOAA - NHC

Posted on 08/28/2005 2:38:16 PM PDT by NautiNurse

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Katrina is bearing down on the North Central Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans metro area. Thousands of people did not evacuate New Orleans. Outer bands of Katrina are reaching the Louisiana coast.

Due to the size and intensity of this storm, all interests in the North Gulf of Mexico should be in their safe locations.

The following links are self-updating:

Public Advisory Currently published every 3 hours 5A, 8A, 11A, 2P, etc. ET
NHC Discussion Published every six hours 6A, 11A, 6P, 11P
Three Day Forecast Track
Five Day Forecast Track
Navy Storm Track
Katrina Track Forecast Archive Nice loop of each NHC forecast track for both three and five day
Forecast Models
Alternate Hurricane Models via Skeetobite
Bouy Data Louisiana/Mississippi

Buoy Data Florida


New Orleans/Baton Rouge Experimental Radar Subject to delays and outages - and well worth the wait

Mobile Long Range Radar Loop

New Orleans/Baton Rouge Radar

Ft. Polk, LA Long Range Radar Loop

Northwest Florida Long Range Radar

Storm Floater IR Loop
Storm Floater Still & Loop Options
Color Enhanced IR Loop

Other Resources:

Hurricane Wind Risk Very informative tables showing inland wind potential by hurricane strength and forward motion
Central Florida Hurricane Center
New Orleans Web Cams Loads of web cam sites here. The sites have been very slow due to high traffic
New Orleans Music Online Couldn't resist--love that jazz
Golden Triangle Weather Page Nice Beaumont weather site with lots of tracks and graphics
Hurricane City
Crown Weather Tropical Website Offers a variety of storm info, with some nice track graphics

Live streaming:

WWL-TV/DT New Orleans (WMP) - mms://
WVTM-TV/DT Birmingham (WMP) - mms://
WDSU-TV/DT New Orleans (WMP) -
Hurricane City (Real Player) -
ABCNews Now (Real Player) -
WKRG-TV/DT Mobile (WMP) - mms://

Category Wind Speed Barometric Pressure Storm Surge Damage Potential
< 39 mph
< 34 kts
39 - 73 mph
34 - 63 kts
Hurricane 1
74 - 95 mph
64 - 82 kts
28.94" or more
980.02 mb or more
4.0' - 5.0'
1.2 m - 1.5 m
Minimal damage to vegetation
Hurricane 2
96 - 110 mph
83 - 95 kts
28.50" - 28.93"
965.12 mb - 979.68 mb
6.0' - 8.0'
1.8 m - 2.4 m
Moderate damage to houses
Hurricane 3
111 - 130 mph
96 - 112 kts
27.91" - 28.49"
945.14 mb - 964.78 mb
9.0' - 12.0'
2.7 m - 3.7 m
Extensive damage to small buildings
Hurricane 4
(Very strong)
131 - 155 mph
113 - 135 kts
27.17" - 27.90"
920.08 mb - 944.80 mb
13.0' - 18.0'
3.9 m - 5.5 m
Extreme structural damage
Hurricane 5
Greater than 155 mph
Greater than 135 kts
Less than 27.17"
Less than 920.08 mb
Greater than 18.0'
Greater than 5.5m
Catastrophic building failures possible

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Florida; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: hurricane; hurricanekatrina; katrina; tropical
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To: mewzilla
Shep's at the Royal Sonesta? Nice place.

I don't think that place is going to stand. Yikes!

41 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:25 PM PDT by bjs1779
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To: NautiNurse

I wonder if the President is doing anything in an attempt to blunt the impact that oil prices will take due to this. And no, I frankly have no idea what he could do except to send a message to the markets to be kind during our disaster and that the US Government will do everything possible to restore/rebuild/yada yada yada.

42 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:31 PM PDT by alancarp ((Piedmont of NCarolina))
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To: Beelzebubba

that's gonna make me cry

43 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:34 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: WestCoastGal

They have started opening up some of the schools for shelter.

44 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:41 PM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel in HSV, AL)
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To: IndyTiger
Why weren't plans in place to do this?

We've been wondering that since yesterday...also why they didn't shut things down & start getting those tourists out of there by lunchtime yesterday.

45 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:47 PM PDT by Amelia (Common sense isn't particularly common.)
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To: kcvl

He said a lot of the freelance photographers they usually use for events like this have been told to get out and are heeding the warning. I think brought reality to him.

46 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:47 PM PDT by EBH (Never give-up, Never give-in, and Never Forget)
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To: Amalie

I have a conference in the Hyatt Regency by the Dome in early December.... not looking good right now.

47 posted on 08/28/2005 2:44:55 PM PDT by Tuxedo (This space for rent.)
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To: NautiNurse

Curfew in City of New Orleans begins at 6P, per Nagin on WWL.

48 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:00 PM PDT by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: WestCoastGal

Don't forget a few thousand drowned pets and snakes.

49 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:01 PM PDT by mercy (never again a patsy for Bill Gates - spyware and viri free for over TWO YEARS now)
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To: myprecious

not enough is my guess. Wonder if the ladies room line will be longer...

50 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:07 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Behold the Riderless Pony. Bringing doom and destruction on a smaller scale.)
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To: justche

He also commented how good it was that the Dome has air conditioning...but, not if the electricity is out, it won't...darn

51 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:15 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Arlington Texas --- Next home of the Dallas Cowboys...going more broke every second.)
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To: mware

Sorry I just got on this thread, and not about to go back through a wormhole to the previous. It sounds like the Superdome is full of people??

52 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:25 PM PDT by geopyg ("It's not that liberals don't know much, it's just that what they know just ain't so." (~ R. Reagan))
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To: Kozak
First time the "nosebleed seats' are gonna be the most desirable...

I would not want to be even near the roof.

53 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:25 PM PDT by mware (Trollhunter of Note)
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To: LadyBuzz

WWL - pickups for the Superdome are slacking off per NO mayor, and the last pickup will be at 6 pm. Curfew starts at New Orleans starts at 6 pm, and the emergency services are expected to shut off then as well.

54 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:25 PM PDT by steveegg (Real torture is taking a ride with Sen Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy in a 1968 Oldsmobile off a short bridge)
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To: mware

My heart is breaking for those people waiting in line at the Dome.

55 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:25 PM PDT by GOP_Proud (Those who preach tolerance most, have the least for my views.)
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To: WestCoastGal

And once people get their bearings and water has gone down enough, there will be investigations about what happened to the emergency preparedness funds (Louisiana taxpayers paid for it) and why the President had to twist the Louisiana officials' arms to get an evacuation started. (Been there, saw that, many years before.)

56 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:25 PM PDT by MizSterious (Now, if only we could convince them all to put on their bomb-vests and meet in Mecca...)
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To: diverteach

Over here.

57 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:29 PM PDT by Warren_Piece (Nashville, TN)
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To: NautiNurse

I fear the Superdome is a death trap for all these poor folks - it makes me shudder

58 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:30 PM PDT by LadyBuzz
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To: mhking

I'm watching. Last pickup of buses to go to Superdome will occur at 6:00pm local time. After that, curfew will be in effect. Anybody riding storm out in their homes will then be on their own--no police, no fire, no EMS, no nothin'.

59 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:38 PM PDT by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: NautiNurse
1) Is there ANY chance of this maelstrom veering off? Pressure bands etc (I have to admit that I am not that well versed in hurricanes .....all i've had to worry about are blizzards and twisters for the last 5 yrs, so info would be appreciated).

2) Also how come they do no have military C-130s airlifting those people who cannot get out? The ride would be quite uncomfortable, but that seems better than sitting out a Cat-5. If I was a governor I would definitely have explored that option.

3) Finally how in goodness name will the state of Louisiana, and the country at large, handle the potentially huge loss of life (not to mention the fiscal cost of what might be the eradication of an entire city, at least in terms of viability)?

Although I guess my biggest question is if there is any chance of a miracle occuring that causes the hurricane to veer off (and not into Texas). Thanks NautiNurse.

60 posted on 08/28/2005 2:45:42 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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