The National Weather Service bulletin for the New Orleans region
of 10:11 a.m., August 28, 2005 was a vividly worded release issued by the local Weather Forecast Office
in Slidell, Louisiana
, warning of the devastation that the Gulf Coast of the United States
could experience as a result of Hurricane Katrina
. Partly due to this bulletin, people in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi
, those most affected by the storm's impact, followed evacuation orders more closely, resulting in a reduced casualty toll.
On the evening of August 25, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall
as a Category 1 hurricane
near the Miami-Dade
county line in southern Florida
and weakened into a tropical storm as a result. The next morning, after passing over the state, Tropical Storm Katrina moved into the Gulf of Mexico
, reintensified back to hurricane strength, and due to the warm waters of the Loop Current
, began undergoing rapid deepening
.Knabb, Richard D.; Rhome, Jamie R. "." National Hurricane Center.
December 20, 2005.
At 11:00 p.m. EDT
August 26, approximately 56 hours before Katrina's landfall near Buras, Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center
had predicted that the Greater New Orleans area
could face a direct hit by the storm. As New Orleans is located on the Mississippi River Delta
and parts of the city are below sea level
, a strong... Read More