August 28, 2005

They're So Screwed- Cat 5

One of my S. AL readers was talking about evac to the Super Dome. I read that here too.

So let me get this straight. The officials in New Orleans think its a sound idea to evac people who live in a city shaped like a bowl... into a smaller bowl.

Did I get that right? Am I missing something?

OK, here's another. Can the Super Dome structurally withstand 170MPH winds? Hunh. Survey says... Beeeenh. No. OK, maybe I'm wrong, but I'm thinking the top comes off, wind gets in, you have wind from the outside, wind from the inside...

Hey, I'm not a structural engineer... any civil engineers want to take a shot at this? Does it collapse upon itself? Blow apart? Lift off like a flying bowl?

Just wondering.

But either way, there is no answer now. We're sitting back and watching. It is making me physically sick. I'm so spooled up about it... I can't quit flipping to the various websites on weather. 'Cause see.... I see dead people.


Posted by Boudicca at August 28, 2005 11:08 AM | TrackBack

If I recall correctly, there was a requirement when they built the Super Dome it had to be hurricane resistant up to Category 5 strength winds.

Even if the Super Dome holds up, this has the potential to be a tragedy on a scale we haven't seen in decades in the United States.

Posted by: Jack at August 28, 2005 11:17 AM

How does it look in Pensacola right now? I figure they'll catch some of it - but will it be a glancing blow? Yeah, it's gonna be a real mess down there.

Even more than wind - I'm wondering about flooding at the Super Dome... I mean it's really low level down there - how in the world are they going to keep the water out?

In a city of any size you won't be able to evac all the people, but to just move them around instead of out - that's just asking for disaster!!!


Posted by: Teresa at August 28, 2005 11:30 AM

I live just over the border in Alabama, just across from Pensacola (where I work). They're slated to maybe catch the 'edge'...unless the damn thing turns more east. God, I hope not. My hometown has had ENOUGH!!! The paths for Ivan, Arlene, and Dennis all converged in this area. I still see 'blue roofs' on my drive to work. God Bless us all along the coast. We damn sure need it!!!!

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at August 28, 2005 11:38 AM


NOLA is a large urban area with a *significant* percentage of its population without cars or means to evacuate.

Jack is also correct, the Super Dome was designed to withstand this kind of abuse.

Let's hope it was well designed.

It's going to be really bad.

Posted by: Christina at August 28, 2005 11:44 AM

They had the mayor of New Orleans on the Today show this morning. She said the dome was a shelter of very last resort, for folks who positively can't find any way to evacuate. They're bringing in buses and plan to use trains and anything else possible to try to get everyone out of town. I think they said some parts of town could end up 20 feet underwater. I think they said Katrina would be only the 4th-ever Category 5 storm to hit the U.S.

Posted by: George at August 28, 2005 11:47 AM

I can pick up a New Orleans AM station where I live...they had a priest on earlier to pray for the people. When they call in the priest for a 'Hurricane Update', you KNOW you're screwed!

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at August 28, 2005 12:06 PM

Pensacola is experiencing light winds and broken clouds. It's a beautiful, summer day. I was at Home Depot and Lowes yesterday morning expecting to see large crowds. That wasn't the case. Now that the prediction is for Katrina to pass far enough away to not cause massive destruction here, folks seem to have relaxed. After an experience like Ivan, it's hard to get excited about a storm that's expected to CPA us by over 100 miles.

Posted by: TGOO at August 28, 2005 12:11 PM

"Cause see.... I see dead people."

You are not alone. And I hope we are both wrong.

Posted by: Kathy K at August 28, 2005 01:09 PM

It looks really scary. I feel terrible for those folks. :( I do so hope that all of the predictions and models are wrong but it looks like a "worst case scenario" to me.

Posted by: Richmond at August 28, 2005 02:42 PM

Y'all are pretty constantly in our thoughts.

Posted by: David at August 28, 2005 03:42 PM

Fingers crossed, sign of the cross, all that crossing. Praying that the worst doesn't come with this storm. Praying for those in its path!

Posted by: oddybobo at August 28, 2005 05:02 PM

We in Citrus country are catching hell from a outer band right now. The electricity was out about an hour -we were lucky. Raining like hell-suspect we've had a couple of inches that washed the fertilizer I put down Frisday to the crek, Stiil raining and lot of thunder and lightning. Gusting wind-maybe 30mph or so-nothing dangerous just a typical tropical storm.

I just heard cat five and 175MPH wind just off the eye. 55 ft waves-that is one hell of a wave. Kepp in mind water is measured from sea levl so if you are in the trough of a 55 footer it is 110 feet to the crest. DAMN! 28' plus storm surge expected which could just knock down houses and push them into the dome although the best I remember it is built above sea level and might stand up. Haven't been there in years and forget.

Posted by: GUYK at August 28, 2005 05:42 PM

Making me sick here too....not good.....

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 28, 2005 06:08 PM

Yeah, it isn't really sitting well with me either. I heard them (CNN? MSNBC?) say they fully expect the field in the stadium to sustain flooding but will be keeping the evacuees on the upper floors. Ugh. My heart goes out to them in NOLA.

Posted by: Sue at August 28, 2005 07:49 PM