Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the entire city of New Orleans and much of the surrounding area as Hurricane Katrina, a devastatingly powerful category 5 storm that is still strengthening, is taking dead aim at the "Big Easy."
Experts warn New Orleans could be submerged by as much as 20 feet of water in the wake of this storm. Electric grid anticipated to be "destroyed," could take "weeks or months" to repair.
We encourage all people who may be in the forecasted track of this storm to tune to local news sources for instructions and to be prepared to evacuate or seek shelter immediately.
NOAA's NWS Storm Prediction Center
NOAA's NWS National Hurricane Center
The Weather Channel
Louisiana State Police - State Emergencies