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8.30.2005

Katrina invokes martial law

A few outlets are reporting martial law was declared in some parts of New Orleans today. Nothing yet from any mainstream outlet. CNN says around 2,400 National Guard mobilized in Louisiana and Alabama. Gotta be the worst hurricane I have ever watched...

Hurricane Katrina Approaching New Orleans
at 8/25/2005 15:15 GMT



Hurricane Katrina with winds of 175 mph on August 29, 2005 at 0045 UTC
(courtesy Univ. of Wis. CIMSS)


Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. An estimated 80% of the city is under water as waters continue to rise due to levee breaches, while fires rage in the distance.

Eye of the Hurricane

Eye of Hurricane Katrina seen from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Image taken on August 28, 2005, before the storm made landfall.(Courtesy NOAA[

From Schaeffer Research

Martial Law Depresses Dow

At 10:28 a.m. Eastern time, news came through that martial law has been declared in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At almost the same moment, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost support at 10,400, a level that has been propping the index up since Friday. At last check, the blue-chip index was in sharp decline, down 88 points since the open.
-Posted by Ed Stenson


From WDSU.com

Looters Take To Streets; Conditions Deteriorate

NEW ORLEANS -- Looters in New Orleans are taking advantage of the destruction from Hurricane Katrina.

At a Walgreens drug store in the French Quarter Tuesday morning, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers.

When police finally showed up, a young boy stood at the door and shouted a warning -- and the crowd scattered.

A tourist from Philadelphia compared the scene to "downtown Baghdad."

Nearby, looters ripped open the steel gates from the front of stores on Canal Street.

They filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation.

WDSU-TV reported that martial law was declared in some parts of New Orleans Tuesday morning.

The declaration is imposed to restore order in times of war and emergency.


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Lots of good info at the current Wiki News entry for Hurricane Katrina