For those interested, the Labor Day storm was 892 mb (which hit that area); lowest recorded pressure for the US was Giilbert at 888 and worldwide was Typhoon Tip at 870.
I saw the Superdome footage too, of the people waiting outside, and it made me pretty nervous, especially when they said not everyone was bringing enough food/water.
What I don't understand is why I'm seeing interstates, or whatever that major divided highway being contraflowed was, following the path of a waterway, directly above the water.
Another thing is cancelled flights; I'm thinking that the airlines could have helped the people there as well as their own image by flying people out, and that would have gotten more objects out of the way as well. Anybody hear why that wasn't done, or that it was done?
CJ, I'm pretty confused on how they're doing this; they've already drafted urban S&R teams from as far away as New York, supposedly, but that's for after landfall. I know that this caught people by surprise, but someone at FEMA was saying they'd been working on scenarios for a horrific storm like this for years, so... I'm still wondering about things like people being directed away from roads that are going to get hit first. People are still driving along a beachfront road in Biloxi, MS, with winds and waves picking up.
One last thing.... (I've been watching too much coverage) is Lake Pontchartrain, just north of New Orleans. It's higher in elevation than most of the city, and is about 40 mi by 25 mi; making me quite, quite concerned, because large parts of New Orleans are 5-10 ft below sea level, you know?
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