7:15 AM. Chat about whatever, but send good vibes and positive thoughts to those riding out in the hurricane zone. Here’s the Mon, 6:57 AM report.
Hurricane Katrina weakened slightly overnight as some dry air entrained into the system lowering top winds to 145 mph. However, Katrina is still a large and dangerous hurricane with hurricane-force winds extending 105 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extending up to 230 miles from the center. In fact, satellite and radar images show that Katrina is maintaining its current intensity. Katrina is moving northward and should make landfall in Louisiana shortly. A second landfall in Mississippi should occur early this afternoon. A storm surge of 16 to 22 feet is possible along and to the east of the center of the hurricane as it makes landfall. In addition to the water level rise, waves of 20 to 35 feet are possible from the central Louisiana coast east to the Florida Panhandle. A buoy 70 miles south of Dauphin Island, Alabama reported a 47 foot wave at 5 am CDT.