Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sunday's Final Warning

So much has happened since then, but do you remember that urgent advisory from the National Weather Service on Sunday morning?
I, in all my years in radio and radio news, had NEVER seen anything like it.
I, sincerely, hope I never do, again.

Here it is, and, remember, this was strictly for the immediate New Orleans area...

WWUS74 KLIX 281550
NPWLIX

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005


DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED

HURRICANE KATRINA
A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED
STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE...ARE
CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET...DO NOT VENTURE
OUTSIDE!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Terry said...

Thanks, Kevin!
When I originally heard this statement my stomach did a major flip so I put it out of my mind. As Katrina chugged towards New Orleans the statement kept nagging at me and acid burned my stomach. Now in the aftermath, I can only feel deeply for those who have lost so much. As a Baton Rouge resident of six years, I am ready to help any way I can and have already done so. Just yesterday I was thinking of taking time to find this NOAA statement because it made such an impression on me. Thanks for taking the work out of finding it!

PS. I like your blog spot and enjoy your show and Clarence's on the way to work.

9/06/2005 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with the validity of the statement. I have received every advisory of every tropical event in the last couple years and cannot find this advisory or its coding in my email history. (Thanks to gmail for that service.) You can sign up to receive tropical weather advisories at noaa.gov.

This is not consistent with NOAA forecaster language, and if you perform a google search of the advisory code, all the results come from blogging sites.

I think this "advisory" was created to fuel the hype of the political fallout and should not be reported as reliable.

9/06/2005 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Kev said...

I believe that the previous poster is incorrect. Do a Google searching using the codes on the message and see what you get.
This advisory was received by our radio stations, at the time stated, Sunday before the storm.
"Fuel hype" indeed.

9/06/2005 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you looking for the link and full text:

http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KLIX/0508281550.wwus74.html

9/07/2005 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger Kev said...

Thanks to whomever it was that posted the link.

Kev.

9/07/2005 02:49:00 PM  
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