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Originally posted by Gazrok
I think you're right about the wind speed, because that height is around industrial roof height, etc.
It certainly did more damage than most were thinking it'd do, and now it's just getting stronger.
An NOAA conspiracy thread would be excellent, hehe....
Semantics aside though, I feel for those in the panhandle...Ivan, Dennis, and now Katrina....man....
As for blizzards and no power...dude, there are plenty of ways to get warm, but not many ways to get cool without power. You can always pile on more clothes and sit by an oil lamp, but without power in the heat, you're pretty much screwed (and you can only strip down so much and still be legal, hehe..)
AND DVORAK INTENSITY ESTIMATES
RANGING FROM 100 TO 115 KT... THE ADVISORY INTENSITY WILL BE
INCREASED TO 100 KT... MAKING KATRINA A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE.
THE AIRCRAFT DATA AND A FEW SURFACE OBSERVATIONS ALSO INDICATE THAT
KATRINA HAS GROWN IN SIZE... WHICH PERHAPS EXPLAINS WHY THE MAXIMUM
WINDS HAVE NOT YET CAUGHT UP TO THE CENTRAL PRESSURE.
KATRINA IS LOCATED WITHIN AN ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT THAT SEEMINGLY
CANNOT GET MUCH MORE CONDUCIVE FOR STRENGTHENING... THEREFORE SHEAR COULD BEGIN TO INCREASE OVER
THE HURRICANE NEAR THE TIME IT MAKES LANDFALL ON THE
NORTHERN GULF COAST... BUT IT SEEMS THAT WILL BE TOO LATE TO
PREVENT KATRINA FROM MAINTAINING MAJOR HURRICANE STATUS AT
LANDFALL. THE SHIPS GUIDANCE NOW SHOWS STRENGTHENING TO 123 KT...AND THE OFFICIAL FORECAST NOW PEAKS AT 120 KT