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Sunday, August 28, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

New Orleans area resident Paul of Wizbang! has a few comments here and here concerning the storm.

The second post links to extraordinary National Weather Service bulletin that is so shocking in its language, that even though it can be found on their server, it reads like a hoax.

Here’s a portion:

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS…PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL…LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE…INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY…A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

Utterly amazing.

I hope no on was dumb enough to stay and ride out the thing.

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6 Comments

  1. Hmm, maybe I won’t have to write those SPSA papers after all…

    Comment by Chris Lawrence — Sunday, August 28, 2005 @ 7:56 pm

  2. Funny, I was just thinking the same thing ;)

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, August 28, 2005 @ 7:58 pm

  3. À dieu, New Orleans

    Well, I suppose that city was nice enough while it lasted. Here’s my photos from my last visit, back in March; there’s a very good chance that my next visit, scheduled for January, won’t be happening if this bulletin is to be believed.

    Trackback by Signifying Nothing — Sunday, August 28, 2005 @ 8:04 pm

  4. Hey, I’m supposed to be conventioning there in October as well as January. That’ll knock my conference trips this year down from 6 to 4!

    Comment by Bryan S. — Sunday, August 28, 2005 @ 8:19 pm

  5. Yeah, I think that October trip is definitely not happening. January seems iffy at best.

    Comment by Chris Lawrence — Sunday, August 28, 2005 @ 10:22 pm

  6. [...] #8217;s 20 feet deep in some places. While it may not have been the catastrophe that some hyperolic predictions stated it might be, it is hard to say that this isn’t a disaster of substantial pr [...]

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