Hurricane Strength in New Orleans

By: mfount , 2:20 AM GMT on September 06, 2005

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We all know that Katrina was a cat4 when hitting land. However, since New Orleans (NO) did not get a direct hit, the winds were a little over 100 mph--cat2 strength. The levees were supposed to withstand a cat3.
Without getting into a political discussion, can we assume that NO was hit with a cat 2 since it was an indirect hit, or are there other factors involved? Also, weatherwise, what happened that the levees failed at 9PM -- almost twelve hours after the storm left?

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1. hoochbear
5:12 AM GMT on September 06, 2005
I doubt Mother Nature stays informed about
storm categories
.BUT I KNOW SOME FEMA OFFICIALS
dont know about storms.or disasters. period.

GET SERIOUS!
QUIT SPLITTING HAIRS!

GOD tries to help those who help themselves.
NO, LA, FEMA top officals and the BUSH LEAGUE administration
were not capable of helping themselves, much less their people.
Firing is too good for them.
Too bad they cant be court-martialed.

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