Monday, August 29, 2005

 

Aftermath

The aftermath of Katrina could be, for New Orleans, merely the beginning of the problems. With floodwaters expected to rise as high as 28 feet in some places, FEMA is now concerned with the possibility of disease from the waters themselves, from human waste, and from New Orleans' cemeteries. All bodies in New Orleans are interred above-ground, and these graves could be washed out by the rising waters.

On a more hopeful note, Katrina has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane. As a reference point, Hurricane Andrew was a 5, Hurricane Hugo was a 4. Category 3 is still nasty, and for those in the middle of the storm I doubt that it matters much what number is attached to what they're experiencing.

To track Katrina, NOAA Home Page is the best website. The Katrina trackers are located on the left-hand sidebar. This link is NOAA's official website, and has tons and tons of information.

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