Hurricane Katrina Nears Landfall

August 29, 2005 at 2:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As of Sunday night, Hurricane Katrina is a monster storm; category five (winds of at least 156 mph) on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.
The current track takes it across New Orleans on Monday. If the storm holds its strength, it will be the worst storm to ever hit New Orleans since we’ve been keeping weather records.
This would be only the fourth category five storm to ever hit the United States; The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and Camille in 1969 are two, and the third and most recent is Andrew. Andrew struck Southern Florida in 1992 and still ranks as the costliest ever.
Katrina will pose several threats to the coast. First are the obvious dangers of catastrophic winds and torrential rains. There is also the possibility of isolated tornadoes. But by far, the most damage will be caused from the Gulf Of Mexico’s water being pushed onto land, especially to the east of the eye of the storm. This storm surge creates a wall of water, with even bigger, wind-driven waves on top of that water. This water can be forced right into places like Mobile, Alabama and the entire Gulf Coast. But the affects on New Orleans could be devastating. New Orleans is below sea level. Flanked by a river and a lake, water gets forced in and only has one place to go…down into New Orleans.
Once the storm hits land, it will begin weakening as it moves through the Ohio/Tennessee River Valley, the Eastern Great Lakes and the Northeast, but massive amounts of rain are still possible along the storm’s path right through mid-week.
For the very latest on this storm, check out NBC Weather Plus which you can watch live right here on our website.

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