August 29, 2005

Massive Destruction, but hopefully No Death

My kids woke up this morning and the first thing out of their mouths was "Are Mimi and Big Daddy OK?"

Hurricanes have become the norm in their lives as of late.

It appears that the way Katrina moved and with her intensity dropping quickly, that although New Orleans will have massive incredible damage, there probably will not be the great loss of life. I am hoping this is true. The loss of the French Quarter, while sad, didn't phase me. It was/is the potential for massive loss of life that does.

Biloxi and Gulfport, what a mess those places will be.

So many to be homeless throughout the south. So so many people. And in Pensacola, not even a full year after Ivan... there are still people living in FEMA trailers. FEMA trailers appear to be quickly becoming a Coastal norm. The homeless indigent in New Orleans? Mind boggling. Completely mind boggling.

Posted by Boudicca at August 29, 2005 07:58 AM | TrackBack

I heard yesterday they move a about 80,000 people into the Superdome in New Orleans that weren't able to evacuate. I know the dome seats 77,000, but there is the field and support areas so, it may be uncomfortable, but they should all fit.

Then this morning I heard the power went out and the Super Dome generators were nto kicking in, meaning they all were sitting in that oven with minimal light and no air circulation... ICK! I did just hear that the emergency generators finally kicked on.

Posted by: Contagion at August 29, 2005 08:21 AM

Am so glad it dropped in strength, and am keeping my fingers crossed. Let us know how TGOO and "Mimi" are doing!

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at August 29, 2005 08:46 AM

The wind strength may have dropped, but the most important factor ( all the weather people were saying this yesterday) the barometric pressure wasn't dropping much.

As of this morning it was still 914, a lower barmetric pressure than Andrew. The lower the pressure the worse it is. Andrew was 922.

They are screwed because it's going East of NO, which is the worst case besides a direct hit because the back side will push the water into NO. Waves are topping at 50ft, waves this morning at 7:30am were at 20-25ft. Levees are 18ft in height.

As of now, I don't think prayers will even help.

Posted by: Machelle at August 29, 2005 10:34 AM

I had my figures wrong, only 8,000 are in the superdome... and parts of the roof have blown away. however the building itself seems sound at this time.

Posted by: Contagion at August 29, 2005 11:05 AM

so glad Hubba and Big Daddy are ok.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 29, 2005 12:00 PM