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Hurricane Katrina At Kenner, LA

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Monday August 29, 2005

Kenner, LA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Picture was taken near New Orleans Int'l Airport Early Monday 8-29-05

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6. sunlakedude
7:06 AM GMT on December 22, 2013
And this was the last forecast discussion issued before the staff of the NWS evacuated:

Area forecast discussion...updated
National Weather Service New Orleans la
452 PM CDT sun Aug 28 2005


Update...to add Tornado Watch #752.


Discussion...
southeast Louisiana seems poised for a date with destiny as
category 5 Hurricane Katrina continues to keep a bead on Barataria
Bay and the greater New Orleans area. The GFS model continues to
be Superior in its handling of the system inasmuch as to base the
conventional forecast parameters with good integrity and in
agreement with NHC advisories.

Needless to say...the worst can be anticipated and urgency is
being stressed in all products as a worst case hurricane scenario
for this very fragile and vulnerable stretch of U.S. Coastline.
The eye is emerging on the klix long range loop and bands are
extending to Lake Pontchartrain at this time. Things will be
deteriorating steadily from this point forward for the next 24
hours.
Will maintain all warnings as already posted as well as the Flash
Flood Watch. Storm Prediction Center has advised that the first
Tornado Watch of the event will likely be issued for the region
early this evening...probably right after sunset.


Most attention with this package was day 1-2 with little if any
changes made beyond day 3. Good Luck and Godspeed to all in the
path of this storm.
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5. sunlakedude
6:56 AM GMT on December 22, 2013
Minnesotamom, this was the last message put out by the National Weather Service that Sunday afternoon, just before Katrina struck:
000
WWUS74 KLIX 281550
NPWLIX

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28, 2005

...DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED...

.HURRICANE KATRINA...A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED
STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BE BLOWN OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HARDIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE...ARE
CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET...DO NOT VENTURE
OUTSIDE!
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4. sunlakedude
6:47 AM GMT on December 22, 2013
Katrina was the first major hurricane that made an almost direct hit on the city since 1965's Hurricane Betsy which flooded many of the areas that also flooded during Katrina. This 40 year reprieve led the city into an era of complacency. Building codes were lax and the levee system was woefully inadequate. The levee authorities were politically fragmented with each parish having it's own inadequate levee and pumping system and staffed by people who had political connections not necessarily expertise. So when Katrina struck everything fell apart; the levees, the buildings, the communication systems, the electric power grid and law and order. And the result is what you saw on national TV and actually worldwide. Katrina was big news overseas, as well.
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3. minnesotamom
4:36 PM GMT on December 21, 2013
It's hard to believe that was 8 years ago already---it seems like it was just a couple years ago!
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2. sunlakedude
3:51 PM GMT on February 03, 2012
Yes, the object that appears to be blowing away is, in fact, the roof of a restaurant blowing away. There was a large airborne debris field. The blown debris caused additional destruction.
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1. raTTan
7:57 PM GMT on September 08, 2011
Nice action shot
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