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Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by LadyEagle, Aug 28, 2005.
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with much of New Orleans below sea level
By this time tomorrow, under a worst case scenario, New Orleans as we have known it may not exist. People who have prepared for this scenario for years have said it could take up to six months to get all of the water out if the water floods over the levees big time.
If the hurricane passes just east of New Orleans which would mean the wind would blow toward the south and southwest over Lake Pontchartrain it will devastate New Orleans.
There are still over 100,000 people staying in New Orleans, some are on the news saying that they think the news is just hyping this up, and that it will not be as bad as everyone is saying. They have been saying for years that the "big one" will come and will destroy New Orleans, this looks like the "big one" that they have been talking about.
Thanks for the pic...that eye is almost a perfect
cicle and eye.
Amazed at the comparison of complete chaos north,
south, east, and west but in the middle their is
peace and probably seem to those who get pummeled
almost a perfect peace.
I will not fear. For God's eye is on the sparrow, so I know God watches me.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
My commentary: "apple of your eye" is the exact
center or the so called window into the heart
of the mind. In other words God is intensely
focused even into the heart of His thought, that
is how important the person is who calls upon his
name or belongs to him and even those...like the
sparrow and animal life he is overly concerned.
We pray that saved and unsaved call on his name
as he turns his intense focus on the situation.
There are some who have no transportation to leave New Orleans. They are to head for the Super Dome which is high enough not to be flooded.
The problem with the Super Dome is that it practically sits on the Mississippi. Friends from down there have told me that the Red Cross has pulled out.
I'm wondering if churches don't need to start loading up trucks today, and trying to get water and food on the road in that direction now so that as soon as they can move into the areas, they'll have the survival things in place.
I'm also worried about college students down at the University who aren't familiar with the city.
I can't imagine walking out of my house, and expecting it to be under 15 feet of water tomorrow. The last time it was hit hard, the graves opened. Which, beyond the sheer horror, means tremendous disease risk.
Oh I feel for those people. As was said already,the city of N.O. is below sea level. I went through two hurricanes last summer here in Tampa but they were nothing like the wallop they are about to recieve.
That sounds surprising. But perhaps it's being left up to FEMA considering how catastrophic this could be for New Orleans.
From a friend who works for a television station down there. Just off the wire services:
Urgent Weather Message for Orleans, LA
Top of pageTable of contents for Orleans, LA
WWUS74 KLIX 281550
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005
DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED
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 BLOW 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 HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
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
ASSUMPTION-LIVINGSTON-LOWER JEFFERSON-LOWER LAFOURCHE-
LOWER PLAQUEMINES-LOWER ST. BERNARD-LOWER TERREBONNE-ORLEANS-
ST. CHARLES-ST. JAMES-ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST-ST. TAMMANY-TANGIPAHOA-
UPPER JEFFERSON-UPPER LAFOURCHE-UPPER PLAQUEMINES-UPPER ST. BERNARD-
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005
The Mayor of New Orleans told residents to look at the historic monuments and buildings for one last time because they probably won't be there much longer.
I am wondering how safe the Super Bowl is. They expect 200,000 people to end up in there.
From the countenance of government officials even yesterday, I could sense they believe this is the big one.
Thanks for posting that Texas Sky. That is exactly the message I've heard broadcast today on cable news.
Well, now FOX News reports 20-30,000 people at Super Dome. The lines are still extremely long to get in.
Its hard to believe that historical city is going to be gone. My friend says the last time it flooded badly from a storm the cemetaries spilled the coffins into the streets. Also, the reports are that the city pumps are all going to be under water so it would be close to 6 months before these people can go home again. That is
400,000 + people with no homes and no jobs.
I worry about the Super Dome as a shelter, and about Alabama, which is getting the far side of it, and about people all up and down the Mississippi River. This is going to be the worst disaster the US has seen in the lifetime of many of those on this board.
This is chilling:
'Ninety percent of the structures in the city are likely to be destroyed by the combination of water and wind accompanying a Category 5 storm, said Robert Eichorn, former director of the New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness. The LSU Hurricane Center surveyed numerous large public buildings in Jefferson Parish in hopes of identifying those that might withstand such catastrophic winds. They found none.
Amid this maelstrom, the estimated 200,000 or more people left behind in an evacuation will be struggling to survive. Some will be housed at the Superdome, the designated shelter in New Orleans for people too sick or infirm to leave the city. Others will end up in last-minute emergency refuges that will offer minimal safety. But many will simply be on their own, in homes or looking for high ground.
Thousands will drown while trapped in homes or cars by rising water. Others will be washed away or crushed by debris. Survivors will end up trapped on roofs, in buildings or on high ground surrounded by water, with no means of escape and little food or fresh water, perhaps for several days.
"If you look at the World Trade Center collapsing, it'll be like that, but add water," Eichorn said. "There will be debris flying around, and you're going to be in the water with snakes, rodents, nutria and fish from the lake. It's not going to be nice."'
TS, I'm more worried about Mississippi than I am Alabama. They will be much closer to the eye than we will be. Here I'm mostly worried about the rainfall as we have had our fair share this summer already. It won't take much for flooding.
Not sure using the super dome was a good idea, but certainly better than leaving all those people in homes that will most certainly flood.
I, too, am concerned about the people in the Super Dome. The Super Dome is still in the "bowl" where New Orleans sits below sea level. Will the Super Dome be able to handle winds of 175+ mph?
A wall of water 25-30 feet high across the levies and possibly 20 foot waves on top of that is predicted.
Well, the Super Dome is the best that can be done in this situation. Let's pray that it holds.
There was a roof ripped off one of the shelters here in Florida last year during one of the hurricanes, I am praying for God's protection for the thousands that are spending the night at the Super Dome tonight.