September 14, 2004 - not just another historic day, when Mexico beated the US in this race (Jeanne was born a couple days too late) :
country threatened by TWO cat. 5 hurricanes - Ivan, Javier (unprecedented)
... but because it marks the entry in a new era - the global superstorm
Below the ONLY article (October 2002) that google could find, September 14, 2004, about the facts. This as Ivan started heading directly into New
Orleans and finally the first press article on the subject (Associated Press) appeared.
---- Why is New Orleans so vulnerable? Try these three main reasons: (October 2002)
My comment on the article : this time isn't a new cycle of hurricane intensity ...
--- People who stick their head in the mud, pardon, sand (from the AP article, September 14, 2004)
The worst storm in recent decades to hit New Orleans was Hurricane Betsy in 1965, which submerged parts of the city in water 7-feet deep and was
blamed for 74 deaths in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. That storm was a Category 3, weaker than Ivan is expected to be.
Even if New Orleans escapes this time, van Heerden said, it will remain vulnerable until the federal and state governments act to restore the
coastalwetlands that should act as a buffer against storms coming in from the Gulf.
Louisiana has lost about a half million acres of coast to erosion since 1930 because the Mississippi River is so corralled by levees that it can dump
sediment only at its mouth, and that allows waves from the Gulf to chop away at the rest of the coastline.
"My fear is, if this storm passes (without a major disaster), everybody forgets about it until next year, when it could be even worse because we'll
have even less wetlands," van Heerden said.
September 14, 2004 - the age of global superstorms starts
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[edit on 15-9-2004 by MattMarriott]