Monday, August 29, 2005

 

Katrina downgraded

Katrina has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm, and has made landfall. New Orleans is obviously still bracing for what could be a devastating event for that city.

AP - NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore early Monday and charged toward this low-lying city with 145-mph winds and the threat of a catastrophic storm surge. Katrina edged slightly to the east shortly before making landfall near Grand Isle, providing some hope that the worst of the storm's wrath might not be directed at the vulnerable city.

For an explanation of what the various Categories mean, click on this link:
Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale

(The above link will also take you to some pretty in-depth hurricane information if you click on the Useful Links or Downloads buttons on their sidebar. A really comprehensive site, including material for kids.)

And for a comparison to the Fujita tornado scale, click this link: Fujita Tornado Damage Scale

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