Better news for New Orleans
as Katrina hit landfall this morning as a Category 4 versus Category 5
hurricane. National Hurricane Center
Director Max Mayfield warned that New Orleans would be pounded throughout the day, but Katrina would most likely unleash a 15-foot storm surge, down from the feared 28 feet. Mayfield stated this surge would still cause extensive flooding. The wind continues to damage the Lousiana Superdome
, tearing pieces of metal from the roof, exposing the 10,000 non-evacuees to daylight and rain. Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco
, however, does not consider the dome a "dangerous situation" in which to weather the storm.