The "Big Easy" and Epic Katrina
The way it looks now, New Orleans will NOT experience a direct hit by the nucleus, but as Katrina sweeps north along the Eastern fringe of the city, the real danger is going to be FLOODING. In fact, 50-70% of the Big Easy is now forecast to be UNDER WATER by dawn. With swells up to 28 feet high, the retaining walls will not be able to contain the sheer mass.
Although most have escaped, over 25,000 people will remain to ride out this GOLIATH of a storm - which is a Category 5, and it doesn't get any bigger than that.
The people of New Orleans and those towns in coastal Mississippi, Alabama and Western Florida are in our thoughts and prayers. Be safe, folks.