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This is totally off topic, except that she looks like a real monster from the sea. I hope that nobody on Tonmo is in the path of hurricane Katrina...she's huge and at 175 mph incredibly dangerous. Looks like New Orleans might catch the brunt of it
 

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Agreed. The following report from NOAA is astounding and says it all. Thoughts and prayers are directed to everyone in that area.

http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iwszone?Sites=:laz062

Urgent Weather Message for Orleans, LA
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WWUS74 KLIX 281550
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URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005


DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED

HURRICANE KATRINA
A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED
STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE...ARE
CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET...DO NOT VENTURE
OUTSIDE!

LAZ038-040-050-056>070-282100-
ASSUMPTION-LIVINGSTON-LOWER JEFFERSON-LOWER LAFOURCHE-
LOWER PLAQUEMINES-LOWER ST. BERNARD-LOWER TERREBONNE-ORLEANS-
ST. CHARLES-ST. JAMES-ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST-ST. TAMMANY-TANGIPAHOA-
UPPER JEFFERSON-UPPER LAFOURCHE-UPPER PLAQUEMINES-UPPER ST. BERNARD-
UPPER TERREBONNE-
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005
 

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Nasty stuff,

Hope everyone heeds the warnings. There is something to be said for living in a cold part of the world!

J
 

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I have friends there that I've not been able to reach. Hopefully they're well away from the city by now! When FEMA authorities start using terms like 'biblical' to describe the level of damage it becomes truly terrifying.
 

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Just saw the latest images...truly staggering !!! Hope everyone weathers it alright.

greg
 

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I've just read so far 80 have been confirmed dead. This is dreadful news and I hope no-one here is affected.

Symapathies to all the families of the bereaved and dispossessed.
 

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I've been home sick today and have been following all the rescues attempts and new developments. My heart goes out to all affected. The remenents are supposed to be in our area tomorrow.
 
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I'm afraid that it will be a long time before we have any kind of reliable numbers of the dead. There are so many area where homes were totally swept away by the storm surge. If anyone was trying to ride out the hurricane they didn't have a chance, and people are still trapped on roofs and in attics in heavily flooded areas. It's awful! The Guv of Mississippi said that a lot of people had hurricane fatigue, they've evacuated so many times before when the worst didn't happen that they no longer believed in the warnings. The boy who cried wolf syndrome.
 

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