Shepard Smith just reported from the French Quarter via video phone from either a second or third floor window overlooking the street. Before Smith came on, anchor Julie Banderas was talking with a meteorologist about the storm and the residents who are “stuck” in New Orleans….” It is too late, really, honestly, realisitcally…Shep Smith is downtown in New Orleans and he himself is now stuck among the rest of the residents.”
UPDATE: Smith took stock of the situation for New Orleans….
Here’s the scenario that we’re looking at. The worst of the winds, the eye wall, come right over New Orleans. That’s somewhere in the category 5 way, something above 155 miles an hour. According to the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, that knocks down all wooden structures. That’s their prediction, not ours.
In addition, because of the counterclockwise circulation, the water from Lake Pontchartrain comes over the levy. Whether the levies hold or not is really inconsequential, given the fact that, according to local emergency managers, you could have a twelve-foot wall of water over the levies from Lake Pontchartrain. That sends an enormous flow, like coffee coming out of a cup and all over the counter. And that creates feet and feet and feet of water all over New Orleans.
The buried dead are no longer. It’s just the worst thing humanly possible, and we can only hope in New Orleans and surrounding areas at this moment that that storm takes a trip to the west or east. Not to wish it on anyone else, but the situation which Joe Bastardi is describing leaves this area under water and New Orleans in a situation which is almost unimaginable.