katrina-08-28-2005-blog

10 years ago today: The Katrina “Doomsday Statement”

10 years ago today, Hurricane Katrina intensified rapidly and reached Category Five status over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina was, at that time, the most powerful storm to ever spin over the Gulf. Forecaster Robert Ricks at the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana decided it was time to issue the dreaded “catastrophic damage statement”. Some thought it was a joke — others didn’t believe it. But it will go down in history as a very accurate warning of the storm that would soon devastate the region. URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA 1011…