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A particularly deadly and destructive storm surge, estimated to be greater than 30 feet in some areas, crashed onto the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Katrina roared ashore August 29, 2005, near Buras-Triumph, La. Catastrophic damage was done to more than 100 miles of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastline. The storm is blamed for more than 2,000 deaths and caused more than $115 billion dollars in damage, making it the costliest disaster in U.S. history.
Comparisons have been made between Katrina and Hurricane Camille, which made landfall on August 17, 1969. Camille came ashore near Pass Christian, Miss., bringing with it a dome of water approaching 25 feet high.
Nearly every building within a half-mile of the shoreline was washed-away. More than 170 deaths are attributed to the storm, most of which are blamed on the storm surge.
...HURRICANE CONDITIONS SPREADING WESTWARD OVER PORTIONS OF CUBA AND THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...
...HURRICANE WARNINGS EXTENDED NORTHWARD ALONG THE FLORIDA PENINSULA...
5:00 PM EDT Fri Sep 8
Status Category 4
Location: 22.1°N 76.5°W
Moving: W at 12 mph
Min pressure: 925 mb
Max sustained: 155 mph
INIT 08/2100Z 22.1N 76.5W 135 KT 155 MPH
12H 09/0600Z 22.4N 78.2W 135 KT 155 MPH
24H 09/1800Z 23.0N 79.9W 135 KT 155 MPH
36H 10/0600Z 24.1N 81.0W 140 KT 160 MPH
48H 10/1800Z 25.7N 81.5W 125 KT 145 MPH
originally posted by: alphabetaone
Something is concerning me about the coverage of this hurricane. They keep harping on storm surge as the largest threat, but I'm going to posit that they are off-center. I believe the largest threat that will posed by Irma is the wind, NOT the surge...I think they are making preparations to counter a threat that wont be the largest threat posed by this storm. Flying buildings are going to kill people.
Yes they do focus too much on storm surge .