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New Orleans and Katrina [Aug. 31st, 2005|09:38 pm]
I feel terrible for Louisiana. I'm very thankful Katrina was only a Category 1 when it it southeast Florida... and thankful it dipped southwest (until reaching the Gulf) thus sparing West Palm Beach of the entire storm.

I was 8 years old the last time a Category 5 hurricane was in southeast Florida (although I lived in the Tampa Bay area at the time), and it was last year that Ivan hit the Florida panhandle. I suppose the difference between Andrew and Ivan, specifically, is that Andrew formed rapidly before striking Miami... which is relatively uncommon for a Category 5 storm to form before reaching east Florida IMHO. Especially since the Atlantic is a little cooler than the Gulf. Ivan had more time to strengthen than Andrew, but then again I don't know what happened to Andrew after making landfall in South Florida anyway.

But the point is a Category 5 storm forms nearly every year. And yeah, it always wreaks much damage... but I don't think nearly on the same scale as Katrina. I imagine if Katrina hit elsewhere than New Orleans, that city being hit wouldn't have suffered the same. New Orleans got it bad because they're below sea level among some other things. We've had other monster storms like her too, but a news website says the New Orleans death toll is comparable to 1906 SF earthquake and a 1900 hurricane. Then again, things weren't constructed as carefully back then, and they didn't happen in a city like New Orleans.

Palm Beach had two Category 3 storms hit last year, one specifically on my birthday... but we were up and running at least at minimal capacity within a few days. New Orleans is estimated to be a minimum of 2-3 months.

I'm just thankful Palm Beach was spared, as well as all of Florida. I can't imagine the despair that New Orleans citizens are going through.