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  • The Scriptorium

    8/29/2005

    New Orleans spared the worst

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:01 pm

    Hurricane Katrina fortunately weakened before hitting the U.S., but damage will still change the lives of many people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Media coverage since the storm has gone overboard in expressing their relief that New Orleans wasn’t hit, in my opinion. Flooding and wind damage have destroyed many homes, businesses, and livelihoods in less populated areas, and several reports, especially on Fox News, have made it sound as if their suffering is an acceptable loss. I agree that New Orleans’ geographical layout and location make it one of the worst places for a hurricane to hit, but I think the media could point that out without sounding like the destruction of small towns in Mississippi and Alabama isn’t just as tragic.

    In addition to thanking God that the storm weakened and didn’t do more damage, I will be praying for those who were affected. I would also encourage all who have the means to help to donate to a reputable charity that will be helping people rebuild and start over. I usually donate to the Salvation Army, or Mercy Corp because I know the money will go where it’s supposed to.

    It seems like a miracle at the moment, but New Orleans has been spared the worst of the storm. Reports indicate damage at the Superdome and the city pumps are down. However, the levies seem to be holding. It is still too early to tell whether they will breach, but so far the situation looks a lot better than it could have been. The latest recon reports a central pressure of 926 mb and winds are likely in the ballpark of 130 mph. The fact that the hurricane passed in its current track is very lucky for everyone. Things could have been much worse. With that said, there have already been reports for three storm related deaths.

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    What a Mess. . . .

    French Quarter War Zone. . . .

    One Response to “New Orleans spared the worst”

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