Hurricane Katrina

I think the name Katrina will be retired after this. The warning from the National Weather Service reads like an apocalyse movie script. Pray for the folk in New Orleans and others in the gulf.

A friend just pointed out that when Katrina's done with the south she will head north into our territory. And she could still cause a lot of trouble when she does. Back in 1998 we had a real wild storm (not hurricane related but tornadic) that had parts of the city of Syracuse without power for a week. The university even canceled classes for a day. Not looking forward to anything like that again.

Hat tip Wizbang and Ramblings' Journal.

Update: 11:07 PM EDT The new track for the storm just came out. It looks like it will hit New Orleans head on. I'm going to have a hard time going to sleep tonight. I'm afraid of what I may find in the morning.

The potential for loss of life and destruction is staggering. We are fortunate in that these kinds of things happen so rarely here in the US. But in much of the rest of the world large scale devastating natural disasters are a common occurrence, a fact of life. We are also fortunate that we have the technology to see these things coming and tell people to get the hell out of dodge. Whether or not they listen seems to be another matter entirely.

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