The latest advisory on Hurricane Katrina puts the storm about 250 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Katrina has intensified to a category 5 storm, with winds of 160 mph. Hurricane force winds (75 mph or higher) extend 85 miles from the center of the storm. The hurricane still has time to strengthen and pick up speed as it moves north through the Gulf. Storm surge near the eye is expected at 25+ feet, with large, battering waves.
Only three category 5 hurricanes have hit the United States since we began to keep records on these storms:
1. 1935 -- Unnamed Labor Day Hurricane -- killed 600 people and wiped out the Florida Keys.
2. 1969 -- Hurricane Camille -- killed 500 to 1500 people along the Gulf Coast; caused $1 billion in damage
3. 1992 -- Hurricane Andrew -- killed 43 people; damages ran to $31 billion.
If you live within the projected path of this hurricane, please don't make the mistake of thinking you can ride this one out. Evacuate now.
Shelter locations, mandatory evacuation notices and other necessary information for Louisiana residents can be found at The Courier.
The latest information on the storm can be found at The National Hurricane Center
Keep safe, everyone. You can replace a house and belongings. We can't replace you.