Monday, August 29, 2005
Katrina Update - Gulfport Hit Hard
Katrina's core roared very close to the below-sea-level city of 485,000 people, slamming eastern sections with one edge of its destructive eye wall. Winds of 100 mph rocked the area. Its storm surge and torrential rain submerged vast regions, with 40,000 homes flooded in St. Bernard Parish alone.See the site for a picture of Gulfport with a boat in the middle of Hwy 80.
Moreover, it pummeled 270 miles of coastline across four states, striking particularly hard at Gulfport, Miss.
Pat Sullivan, Gulfport's fire chief, said downtown buildings were ''imploding'' and the business district was largely under water. ''It's complete devastation,'' he said.
Previous posts about Gulfport here and here. SunHerald (Gulfport) blog here.
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