Hurricane Katrina, now a Category 2 storm, has moved past New Orleans
and is heading toward the Mississippi coast. Early reports from New Orleans include the previously mentioned pump failure, leading to water six feet deep on the east side of the city. In the French Quarter
, water is pooling in the streets, but it appears to have escaped the catastrophic flooding that was predicted last night. Breitbart.com
reports: "On Jackson Square
, two massive oak trees outside the 278-year-old St. Louis Cathedral
came out by the roots, ripping out a 30-foot section of ornamental iron fence and straddling a marble statue of Jesus Christ, snapping off only the thumb and forefinger of his outstretched hand."