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Old 08-28-2005, 09:34 AM   #1
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Katrina now a Cat 5

and heading for New Orleans. Most of you know by now the city is below sea level. A storm surge of 20 feet, entirely possible, would breach the levees and leave the city under water for up to 6 months. 1 and half million people would be displaced, with no jobs or homes to return to, and no money to rebuild.

The economic impact on the US would be staggering. Oil prices rose last week just on the threat of Katrina's landfall. Insurance companies could not handle the debt load, some would go under. The port of New Orleans and the Mississippi river handle millions of dollars worth of commerce....no telling how long, or even if, they could recover.

Remember the govt. aid to the airlines after 9-11? Get ready for more.
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Old 08-28-2005, 09:48 AM   #2
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...don't hold back Captain, give us the bad news too!! :ack: :ack: :ack: :ack: :ack:
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:34 AM   #3
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wind gusts of 196 mph??????!?!?!?!

More bad news...it's projected to hit at high tide around 5 am tomorrow.



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Katrina is in the midst of a truly historic rapid deepening phase--the pressure has dropped 34 mb in the 11 hours ending at 7am EDT, and now stands at 908 mb. Katrina is now the sixth strongest hurricane ever measured in the Atlantic. At the rate Katrina is deepening, she could easily be the third or fourth most intense hurricane ever, later today. The list of strongest hurricanes of all time includes:

Hurricane Gilbert (888 mb, 198

The Great Labor Day Hurricane (892 mb, 1935)

Hurricane Allen (899 mb, 1980)

Hurricane Camille (905 mb, 1969)

Hurricane Mitch (905 mb, 199

Hurricane Ivan (910 mb, 2004)

Katrina's winds and storm surge
Maximum sustained winds at flight level during the 7am Hurricane Hunter mission into Katrina were 153 knots, which translates to 160 mph at the surface, making Katrina a minimal Category 5 hurricane. The winds are likely to increase to "catch up" to the rapidly falling pressure, and could approach the all-time record of 190 mph set in Camille and Allen. Winds of this level will create maximum storm surge heights over 25 feet, and this storm surge will affect an area at least double the area wiped clean by Camille, which was roughly half the size of Katrina. Katrina has continued to expand in size, and is now a huge hurricane like Ivan. Damage will be very widespread and extreme if Katrina can maintain Category 5 strength at landfall.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:37 AM   #4
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Iknew it damn it....you were holding back, trying not to scare us. From now on just put it out there, we can handle it.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:46 AM   #5
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National Weather Service reports this thing won't slow down till it gets to Utica, Mi. Everything there is likely to be blown to Canada.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:50 AM   #6
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We're already expecting record rainfalls later this week!!!

Just reported ~ 175MPH winds sustained!!!
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Old 08-28-2005, 11:01 AM   #7
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Quote:
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We're already expecting record rainfalls later this week!!!

Just reported ~ 175MPH winds sustained!!!
Since when was NY in Katrina's path???
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Originally Posted by "The Joker":2aet8cao
We're already expecting record rainfalls later this week!!!

Just reported ~ 175MPH winds sustained!!!
Since when was NY in Katrina's path???[/quote:2aet8cao]
Since 2 days ago! Where have YOU been?

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Better put your Guru's in Zip loc's!
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Just saw an interview with the mayor of New orleans...said that the oil rigs in the gulf right off of NO produce almost 30 percent of US oil...and said gas prices may rise a full dollar per gallon.

I'm telling you, this could cripple the US economy. When the insurance companies fail, who's going to pay for the next 3 or 4 minor storms that hit this year, plus that small little fire at your house when your pit burns your deck and your roof.

Andrew knocked out over 20 smaller insurance companies in Florida.
If this hits No as a CAT 5, things are going to chance in this country.
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:17 PM   #11
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You are so right, Capt.!! This is a bit scary!
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A weakening would be great but not very likely ~ The warmest waters of the gulf are between Katrina and NO....Prayers!
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Old 08-28-2005, 12:29 PM   #13
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But the ocean temp is almost 90 degrees, that's just fuel for the fire.
Winds won't decrease until the central pressure stops dropping (the millibar thing you hear about), and it is approaching record low levels with
landfall just over 12 hours from now. Plus the northeast quadrant (with the highest winds) appears to be heading right at the mouth of the MIss River and NO. that's where you'll find the wind gusts around 200 mph unless this thing weakens some.
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This is going to definitely be a sad event in American History.
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The eye wall regenerated over night. Another regeneration would be nice right now but at 175MPH sustained winds, dropping to 160 wouldn't make much of a difference in my opinion. I'm hopping and praying for the best!
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I hope you're right! [-o< [-o<
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Yeah, Chez posted a link yesterday on Basso's board. Wonder how long they'll be on the air?
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Let's hope that it decides to cycle as the storm nears the coast ~ That way, regeneration of the eye wall may not occur. [-o<

Here's the link to Chez John's post: http://www.rbjb.com/rbjb/rbjbboard/messages/435580.html
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That makes it the 2nd strongest storm in recorded history (Atlantic Basin) if it comes ashore with that pressure.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastint.shtml?
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Crap!!! This is just GREAT! I'm supposed to play golf both Tuesday and Thursday this week. This kind of stuff always happens to ME!
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