I woke up just before 2am Sunday morning and decided that since I wasn’t sleepy, I’d see the status of Hurricane Katrina. Now it’s up to a category 4 storm with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour (only 10 mph shy of becoming a category 5) and still headed towards New Orleans. All the interstate highways in and near the city are now one-way roads leading away from the area. The Louisiana Department of Transportation has many traffic cams that are normally viewable online. However even at this late hour, the latest pictures I find come from about 5:30pm local New Orleans time. Also, the website nola.com normally has web cams online and a couple of those are located in the French Quarter.
According to the Weather Channel, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has announced the first-ever mandatory evacuation in city history. City, parish and state officials are extremely concerned about the possible catastrophic effects from Hurricane Katrina.
I imagine most of the New Orleans television stations will be going on full alert with continuous coverage soon (if they haven’t already done so).