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Reports of evacuations in New Orleans due to Tropical Storm Isaac certainly bring back scary memories, especially with the predictions it may be a hurricane when it finds land some time tomorrow. I was surprised to realize by way of the news about this that Wednesday is the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as it seems more recent than that. Here's hoping that all the time that's passed has been used to better protect that area from the possible ravages of the storm.

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6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 13:29 eRe4s3r
 
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm. Seriously, I have experienced all bad weather Germany has to offer and never ever was there ever something that could endanger my life. Or maybe that's because I would never move next to a river or a mountain. Only thing that pisses me off is when my cellar floods. I even have sandbags prepared in case the next "storm of the century" is announced. And that is just to prevent flooding, not a matter of survival. But then, I also live about 50m above the water level. Those 50m make all the difference, apparently.  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 13:05 xmb1121
 
Unless they just haven't done anything in the years since, New Orleans should be fine (even though I feel compelled to remind folks that Katrina hit in Mississippi where it wiped the city of Waveland off the map).

I've lived through many a Gulf Coast hurricane. They'll knock down things that aren't properly built or installed. They can kill people who don't take the right precautions, but for the most part it's just time for a hurricane party.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 12:57 Cutter
 
Couple the hurricane with the destruction of the major refinery in Venezuela and the coming long weekend and gas prices are going to start shooting through the roof in the next few days. Fuel up today or tomorrow at the latest or prepare to bend over and take it sans lube.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 12:36 1badmf
 
i read somewhere that silt deposit has raised the level of the river above ground level in some parts of the city and the levees are the only thing holding the water back. they can reinforce the levees, but nothing is indestructible, and when the rest energy of a system is to deluge the surrounding area, it's a disaster waiting to happen which is what happened in '05. that said, i'm pretty sure the levees have been reinforced to survive another katrina, which was way more powerful than this storm, but there's not much they can do about the storm surge that accompanies every hurricane. shouldn't be too bad though since this appears to be a weaker hurricane.  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 10:57 Creston
 
Here's hoping that all the time that's passed has been used to better protect that area from the possible ravages of the storm.

It sits at the delta of a major river. Not really a whole lot you can do to protect it, unless you dam up the entire mouth of the river. Levees, (storm) surge drains and dikes only go so far when the water can just go straight up the river.

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1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 10:41 nin
 
The other fall election- Robot Hall of Fame opens voting to the public.

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