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KATRINA: The Doomsday Statement

| 10:11 am August 28, 2010 | Comments (7)

As Hurricane Katrina intensified rapidly and reached Category Five status that fateful Sunday, August 28 2005, forecaster Robert Ricks at the National Weather Service in Slidell decided it was time to issue the dreaded catastrophic damage statement.

Some thought it was a joke.

Some thought it was overhyped.

Many didn’t listen.

It turned out be very prophetic and unfortunately, very true.

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005

…DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED…

.HURRICANE KATRINA…A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED
STRENGTH…RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS…PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL…LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE…INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY…A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD…AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS…PETS…AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS…AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING…BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE…OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE…ARE
CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET…DO NOT VENTURE
OUTSIDE!

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  1. RCBev says:

    It was also 5 years ago this morning when my sister Faye, a National Park Service employee from Gulf Island National Seashore and her disabled friend Joni arrived at my house in Madison AL after spending a 13 hours on the highway. Her house obtained extensive damage from 6 feet of water. It was a very stressful, trying time. But we took comfort in God’s embrace and in each other. Our family will NEVER forget — and we thank God in our many blessing.

  2. Brian in Hoover says:

    Everything that doomsday statement said would happen did happen. They still have yet to fully recover to this day, 5 years later. It has taken and will continue to take a long time for those places to fully recover.

  3. Froggie says:

    I wouldn’t say *EVERYTHING* in that statement happened. I was back in Picayune less than 3 weeks after the storm. And my office building on Stennis Space Center (which the eye passed right over) survived pretty much intact except for some broken windows.

    While there was certainly massive damage all over that in many areas is still being cleaned up, the outright destruction predicted in the statement was thankfully limited for the most part to the storm surge areas within a mile or so of the coast and inland bays (except in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes), and the flooded areas of New Orleans.

  4. logan says:

    Keep in mind alot of the damage specified was due to expected highend category 4-category 5 winds … Despite the damage that did occur … It was far from as bad as it could have been … If it did indeed hit as a category 5, I suspect it might have destroyed alot of towns permanently as opposed to crippling them … You cant build where the ocean now is ….

  5. Joey says:

    That sounds like an end of the world statement!

  6. Dave says:

    I was listening to WWL radio in New Orleans. Spud McConnell was on the air. He was talking that they were barely on the air. All the glass in the studio had been blown out. They lost their satellite dish and only had a few phone lines working. He had moved to the interior of the building power was out and they were on generator power. He was saying that he believed New Orleans dodged the bullet as the worst part of the storm had passed over, then he started receiving call from listeners saying water was rising into their homes. One caller said he had water 3 foot in his house, spud said “where you calling from, caller, Airline Blvd, spud, that’s where I live” More reports of flooding followed. They did not know the levies were breached.

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