National Weather Service bulletin for New Orleans region

National Weather Service Bulletin For New Orleans Region

National Weather Service bulletin for New Orleans region

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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.

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On the evening of August 25, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near the Miami-DadeBroward 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...
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