Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As Bad As It Has Been in New Orleans

The storm has not weakened. It is creeping northwest.
The eye is near Houma and my friend Patrick Marsh reports at least 80 mph winds there. New Orleans' Lakefront Airport has had gusts to 63 knots which is 72 mph. Storm surges continue high.

Per, there are 451,000 homes and businesses without power. With strong winds continuing, even more may lose power before the storm exits.

Because the storm is over marshy land and because it is still well-organized for a level 1, peak winds will stay around 75 mph at least into this afternoon.

There is a lot of flooding due to both storm surge and due to torrential rains. Additional rains are posted below.

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