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    Hurricane Ida

    For many years there have been two nightmare scenarios in the disaster relief community regarding hurricanes.

    Galveston, because there's only one way off the island and large numbers of Texans consistently refuse to evacuate. 6,000 people lost their lives there in 1900 when a hurricane swept the island and the storm surge drowned everyone.

    And then there's New Orleans. NOLA is below sea level, basically in a bowl. Massive Lake Pontchartrain borders on the north. During Katrina, the levy was breached in a couple of small sections, and that caused all the flooding that chased residents to their roofs for 3 days on international TV.

    Katrina missed NOLA, ground zero was miles east at Bay St. Louis, Biloxi and Gulfport. Katrina was also a Cat 3 when it came onshore.

    If Ida continues on it's projected path, and makes landfall as a Cat 4, the wind and flood damage alone would be far worse than Katrina. If the levy breeches, New Orleans will have 20 feet of water in the streets until it's pumped out. And how would you even do that if the levy fails.

    I generally try not to imagine the worst when a storm is heading in. This one feels different.

    Ironically, Sunday is the 16th anniversary of Katrina.
    Last edited by RFS62; 08-28-2021 at 12:46 PM.
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    Re: Hurricane Ida

    Here's a good history of the subsidence in NOLA.


    https://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...rleans/552323/
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    Re: Hurricane Ida

    Ida vs. Katrina

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/28/u...s-katrina.html

    While the impacts of Ida’s storm surge are expected to be less severe than Katrina’s, Ida’s winds and rain are predicted to exceed those that pummeled the Gulf Coast in 2005. Ida is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds around 150 miles an hour; Katrina came ashore as a Category 3 with winds of 125 m.p.h.
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    Re: Hurricane Ida

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    Re: Hurricane Ida

    Christina Watkins
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    JUST IN: 28 people are riding out the storm in Grand Isle. Not good. The island is one of the areas that will be hit VERY hard by #HurricaneIda @wdsu
    Jennifer Crockett @CrockettWDSU

    Grand Isle: Video from home surveillance; only road off island is flooding. Parish says 28 people chose to stay on the island for the duration of #hurricanida
    8:57am 29 Aug 2021
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    Re: Hurricane Ida




    Reminds me of Harry Truman
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    Re: Hurricane Ida

    There's a good feed here if you want to track the latest with Ida.

    https://old.reddit.com/live/17k7v4obr1qnq/
    All models are wrong. Some of them are useful.

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    Re: Hurricane Ida

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62 View Post



    Reminds me of Harry Truman
    I remember seeing him on the news back then. Refused to leave and I'm sure paid the price.
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