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Interesting use of Hurricane Data and google maps to chart the path of Katrina - zoomable, and each marker is clickable for storm info at each waypoint.
New Orleans is worse off than I'd initially heard - "80% of the city is underwater, up to 20 feet deep" and "both airports are under, the yacht club is gone, water is still entering, houses have broken off their foundations and are floating free." This is all presumably because of the delayed breach of the 17th Street canal. Lake Pontchartrain is entering the city and become Lake New Orleans. The cable news networks have not really caught on yet to what is happening. Underwater Gas leaks.
"Mayor Ray Nagin reports the Twin Span Bridge is 'totally destroyed' and that 80% of the city is underwater (Everything North of I-10), electricity out for 4-6 weeks minimum, tainted water supply, many many reports of bodies floating in water, and people trapped in homes under water, Pharmacies being looted by drug addicts"
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FEMA just announced that this relief effort is going to be far greater than all of last year's 4 Major storms in Florida put together. NOT including the oil industry, Insurance company risk managers have pegged the cost of cleanup at $15-$30bil. And with each hour the scope of what is being discovered seems to make the $30bil seem more likely. the Mayor of MSY along with the FEMA lead are talking about this as in fact being a Catastophic disaster - only the buildings and people within the New Orleans city limits seemingly have been spared. Catastrophic damage is absolutely the proper characterization for the Gulfport to Biloxi to Ocean Springs ocean front. Inland wind damage was generally CAT 3 to Cat 4 -- but the storm surge was CAT 5 with an exclamation mark.