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Old 08-28-2005, 02:19 PM   #1
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Ugh! Hurricanes!

Just reading about Hurricane Katrina's damage in Fla and the threat to New Orleans.

Here's a prayer for everyone down there who is enduring this nasty stuff, and esp to New Orleans, they're not used to these storms, apparently.

Any FYM ers in these two states, hope you are well...and if you're still online, tell us what you're doing to prepare for this!

I'm up north and never experienced a hurricane but was involved in an swimming accident when I was 14 and nearly drowned in a huge wave in the aftermath of a nasty Atlantic storm. Don't frig around with the ocean, I tell you! It's a humbling experience.
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Old 08-28-2005, 02:49 PM   #2
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Isn't Katrina the biggest hurricane in years, the highest level they can get? All i have been hearing is that its powerful enough to basically rip New Orleans apart..apparently some chemical plants may be in the way of it and could pollute the area.

Good luck and my best wishes to those in its path.
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I've never been around during an Atlantic hurriance either, but I spent a week in Gulf Shores, Alabama 8 months after hurricane Ivan came on shore there (it was predicted to destroy New Orleans, then stayed east). The destruction, even 8 months later, basically totalled their economy, which is based on tourism. I'd say 60% of all of the structures were destroyed beyond repair, and of those left standing, maybe 50% of them were fixed enough for renters during the tourist season. That makes a grand total of 20% of the buildings available, and not even that many were filled b/c everyone decided to go somewhere else instead. The beaches had always been covered in bodies, but in April, there was just nobody there, it was like a ghost town. Looks like they could have another dead-on hit of Katrina stays away from New Orleans like Ivan did.
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It's making me so nervous watching it....I hope everyone will be OK! (I also wonder what crazy journalists will be out there covering it... )
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Old 08-28-2005, 02:59 PM   #5
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It's making me so nervous watching it....I hope everyone will be OK! (I also wonder what crazy journalists will be out there covering it... )
Hopefully none, some reports basically say if you get caught in it, you won't live
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Old 08-28-2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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Holy cow. I've just been on CNN.com and reading updates. This is supposed to be on the three biggest hurricanes of the last century, even if it shrinks to a High Category 4. (It's a Category 5 right now, the hihest level possible...Ivan was only a High 3, I think) Right now, they're saying it could hit in the next 12 hours and the storm surge would be 28 ft, which is almost like the January tsunami! And they're saying Albama could be affected too.

On CNN there's a link to someone keeping a hurricane blog ..I'll see if I can find the link...

*update* It's a big long link addy and I'm too lazy to post it..Miles O"Brian's Hurricane Blog...the link is on the CNN homepage, guys, can someone please post the link? Thanks.

He's still there. IS HE NUTS???? "Right now, we're at Ground zero,or should I say, sub-zero"--LOL. New Orelans is below sea level, that's what makes this REALLY scary!

Here in NY State, it;s raining right now, this morning it was sunny. It's 5 PM. To think a thousand miles north we're feeling the edges of Katrina and it hasn't even struck...that's a sobering thought at hoiw big this is.

Hey, we've got a couple Alabama posters on here, U2Bama and someone else. Hope you guys are battening down the hatches down there! God bless and protect everyone.
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I hope there's something left of New Orleans when this has blown through. Mostly just hoping everyone can make it out alive.
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*update* It's a big long link addy and I'm too lazy to post it..Miles O"Brian's Hurricane Blog...the link is on the CNN homepage, guys, can someone please post the link? Thanks.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/2...log/index.html
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I know Verte is from Alabama...she was really affected by Ivan. Hopefully she's gone for higher ground!!!!!
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I've never been around during an Atlantic hurriance either, but I spent a week in Gulf Shores, Alabama 8 months after hurricane Ivan came on shore there (it was predicted to destroy New Orleans, then stayed east).
Was that the one that hit the Caymans and Antigua this time last year or was that a different one? I remember reading that a huge proportion of the buildings in Antigua were damaged.
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I love Miles O'Brien!!!!!!!!! He sent me an e-mail once . I don't want him getting hurt, the crazy fool!
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I was in Jamaica just days after Ivan and still remember how totally wiped out some hotels in Negril were.
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Here in NY State, it;s raining right now, this morning it was sunny. It's 5 PM. To think a thousand miles north we're feeling the edges of Katrina and it hasn't even struck...that's a sobering thought at hoiw big this is.

I don't think your rain showers are the result of Katrina. It's just a shower, given that this morning it wasn't even raining in New Orleans.


My prayers out to that city though and to whomever is effected by this beast.
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The pressure readings from this hurricane are astounding!

Randhail is right, NY won't see any weather relating to the hurricane until Wed. evening:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/grap...tml?5day?large
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Yeah, this is the first time that New Orleans has had mandatory evacuations, I've heard. And I've also heard that this storm's worse than Andrew . That's...not a good sign. I've seen how big it looks on satellite...wow . And it's such a perfectly structured hurricane, too...freakish.

I've never experienced a hurricane-that's one great advantage of living in the northern part of the country, and in areas that are nowhere near any oceans. And I have no desire to start now. My dad has, though-when he was a kid, he and his family went to Mississippi to visit relatives, and that was around the time of Hurricane Camille. They got hit with the outer bands of that storm, and my dad said that those alone were pretty rough, so he can't even begin to imagine what it was like for those who were right smack dab in the heart of the storm.

I feel so bad for the people who are down there covering the storm...they sound so professional and calm while on screen, but I can imagine that deep down, they're also secretly terrified. I know I'd be. I'm also worried 'cause there's an aunt of mine who lives in northwestern Mississippi, and according to the Weather Channel, Katrina's track's supposed to take her up through that area this week .

Anywho, I've said this in the weather thread, but yes, my thoughts are also with everyone in that area. Hope to hear from any Interferencers who live down there when things quiet down, so we know that you're all right . Everyone stay safe and take care, may you all make it through this okay.
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