I am wondering if anyone has any news about 3 areas in particular that, it seems to me, are most at risk of catastrophic damage and loss of life (and coincidentally happen to have been wonderful places): Grande Isle LA, Pass Christian MS and Bay St. Louis MS. The news reports constantly refer to Biloxi, but these two MS locations were closer to the eye and the eye probably passed right over Grande Isle when at it's strongest on land. I fear they could have been nearly wiped out. Anyone know?
I watched the landfall very carefully, zooming in on the radar. The northern part of the eyewall went north right into the western MS coast, from the LA/MS state line over to Long Beach. The NE quad of the eye went N over Gulfport and Biloxi.
The western eyewall was just to the east of NO and I-10. I also saw a particularly strong section of the eyewall rotate over the Slidell area, which was in the NW section of the eyewall, so I assumed they were hit severely.
I have not heard any news for any place to the west of Gulfport. It was very creepy not hearing any news, because of what Camille did from Waveland to Pass Christian.
Plus I made the mistake of going to a friend's house and looking at the network TV news. We switched between ABC, CBS, and NBC, and guess what the hurricane was about? The superdome roof, two feet of flooding in the French Quarter, and the cost of your gasoline is going to go up. I was so shocked. I thought, this terrible, terrible thing has happened and no one in the country has any idea because it is invisible to the media. Then we turned on the public television channel and it was a thoughtful interview with the MEMA director (MS's EMA), Frank Latham I think, and it made my day to hear him say that as soon as the winds died down enough that it was possible, search and rescue operations would start. Just knowing that made me feel so much better.
Katrina's Surge: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/Katrinas_surge_contents.asp