Sunday, August 28, 2005

Katrina update 4

It looks like Katrina's going to make landfall as a category 5 hurricane.  The Weather Channel says this is unprecedented.  As I recall from reports, only three category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the US (in recorded history)--Andrew, Camille, and an unnamed storm.  We got more rain from rain bands today.  Lots of standing water around the countryside, but it's not bad here.  Even the local swamps aren't that high here.  And there are two tropical waves coming off Africa; one is already TD13 and could become Lee.


Anonymous said...

I'm getting mixed signals on the evacuation of New Orleans.  Emails and weblogs are saying that all lanes of all expressways are being reserved for outward-bound traffic. But all video shots of the expressways on various TV channels show only cars in the ordinary outbound lanes.

Evacuation would certainly be easier if all the lanes were being used to get out of town. Why there should be non-emergency vehicles heading INTO the city is beyond me, but clearly ordinary cars are making trips inbound.

Do you recall anything on evacuations in Florida and what was done about using all the possible expressway lanes for exiting the area?

Anonymous said...


I saw that footage too and wondered about it.  All serious evacuations here used both lanes for evacuation.