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Katrina Was Far Weaker than Originally Thought

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posted on Dec, 21 2005 @ 04:54 PM
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Following recent reviews of weather data collected during Hurricane Katrina, it has been determined that Katrina was not a category 4 storm. It was a category 3 and a category 1 when it hit New Orleans. New Orleans levees were supposed to be built to withstand a category 3 storm and this finding illustrates that the city has been far more vulnerable than previously thought.
 



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It's been called the storm of the century and a monster. Hurricane Katrina will almost certainly hold the record for the biggest and costliest natural disaster in the country's history, and its real cost and real toll won't be known for years.

But what is known now is that Hurricane Katrina was not the lion people thought it was, despite the staggering devastation it inflicted across four states. A report released this week by the National Hurricane Center said that when Katrina hit land early on the morning of Aug. 29, it was a Category 3 hurricane.

After examining devices that were dropped into Katrina from hurricane-hunter aircraft and after reviewing readings from weather stations and weather buoys, the center has concluded that Katrina's maximum winds at landfall were 127 mph, not 140 mph, as originally estimated. That means that on the record books Katrina drops from a Category 4 to a Category 3.

Even more sobering, the study confirmed that Katrina was a Category 1 when it hit New Orleans. The city that sits below the sea, protected by its precarious levees, was on the weaker, west side of Katrina. The report said maximum sustained winds were 95 mph, with occasional gusts a little higher.


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This is likely to create an even bigger scandal now that it has been determined that the levees failed to provide the protection they were supposedly rated for. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has called for a greater commitment by federal agencies in protecting New Orleans, but I think that this finding really indicates how difficult it is to protect a city that is surrounded by water and is below sea-level to boot. I really doubt that New Orleans can be abandoned because of the necessary infrastructure such as the port and energy facilities, but the idea of having so many people living in such obvious peril seems less viable.

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[edit on 2005/12/21 by GradyPhilpott]

[edit on 27-12-2005 by asala]




posted on Dec, 21 2005 @ 05:06 PM
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WOW
How is it possible that it has now been categorized as a Cat 3 and not Cat 5 as originally diagnosed ?



posted on Dec, 21 2005 @ 05:20 PM
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Guess licking your finger and pointing it up in the sky dont work anymore.
Weather people are never perfect at predicting.



posted on Dec, 21 2005 @ 05:21 PM
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Excuse me, but it was never said that it was a Category 5 when it made landfall.

???

I'm real confused.



posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 09:05 AM
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Katrinia was a cat 5 in the ocean. At one point it would
have been a cat 6 if the scale had gone that high. I have
read that the weather folks are thinking about adding
a cat 6 because the hurricanes are getting stronger.

Katrinia was 'just' a cat 3 when it made landfall and yet
the levys still broke. So all the experts who said the levys
were built to withstand a cat 3 were wrong.

New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt. Allow nature to take
back the swamps and next time hurricanes come through
the surge won't be so bad because the ocean side swamps
are what suck up the surge.

Most folks are relocating and starting new lives elsewhere.
Let 'em go and let the planet have back the land/swamp.



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