5:00 AM EDT Katrina is upgraded to a Category 3, or major hurricane, with the Gulf Coast in its path.
Hurricane Katrina continues to feed off the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico and stalk the U.S. Gulf Coast.
9:25 a.m. CDT
At 9:30 a.m. Katrina was located about 40 miles southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana and about 65 miles southwest Of Biloxi, Miss.
With maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and higher gusts, Katrina is moving north at 15 mph.
Hurricane force winds extend 105 miles from the center of the hurricane, and tropical storm force winds extend outward 230 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At 10:00 AM EDT, officials in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish, and Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory evacuation of all of their residents. Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish ordered voluntary evacuations, recommending that all residents evacuate, particularly those living in lower areas. Jefferson Parish officials did declare a mandatory evacuation for the coastal areas of Grand isle, Crown Point, Lafitte, and Barataria. Tolls were suspended on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway as well as the Crescent City Connection, to speed up the evacuation process.
At 5:00 PM EDT, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin announced a state of emergency and a called for a voluntary evacuation. He added that he would stick with the state's evacuation plan and not order a mandatory evacuation until 30 hours before the expected landfall. This would allow those residents in low-lying surrounding parishes to leave first and avoid gridlocked escape routes. However, he did recommend that residents of low-lying areas of the city, such as Algiers and the 9th Ward, get a head start. Nagin said the city would open the Superdome as a shelter of last resort for evacuees with special needs. He advised anyone planning to stay there to bring their own food, drinks and other comforts such as folding chairs. "No weapons, no large items, and bring small quantities of food for three or four days, to be safe," he said
Eleven deaths have been attributed to Katrina as it passed over Florida. New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, declares a state of emergency and urges residents in low-lying areas to evacuate. Mississippi Governor,
Saturday at 7 p.m., the Hurricane Center placed the storm 360 miles
southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with winds of 115
mph. The forecast projected the storm sweeping directly over the
city. The Hurricane Center posted a hurricane warning
from Morgan City to the Alabama-Florida line.
By mid-afternoon, officials in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne and Jefferson parishes had called for voluntary or mandatory evacuations.
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin followed at 5 p.m. [Friday], issuing a
said the city would open the Superdome as a special-needs shelter
today at 8:00AM. He advised anyone planning to stay there to bring
food, drinks and other comforts, such as folding chairs, as if
planning to go camping.
spokeswoman Tami Frazier stressed that the mayor does not want
citizens to plan on staying in the Dome - instead, they should make
arrangements to leave the city if possible.
Nagin added, "No weapons, no large items, and bring small quantities of food for three or four days, to be safe."
The Regional Transit Authority will deploy 10 buses equipped with a special lift to help handicapped residents get to the Superdome this morning, RTA spokeswoman Rosalind Blanco Cook said. Once at the Dome, residents' needs will be assessed. Those who are critically ill will be taken by ambulance to a medical facility in Baton Rouge, she said. Others will be brought to Baton Rouge in the Para transit buses. Beginning at noon, as officials prepare to open the Dome as a shelter of last resort, the RTA will begin ferrying passengers to the facility [the Superdome] from 12 locations around the city.
Barbour, declares a state of emergency.
mandatory evacuation is ordered for Hancock County. Northern Gulf
Coast residents begin to jam the highways and there is a rush for
supplies and gas.
Blanco asks President to Declare an Emergency for the State of
Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina.
President Bush declares a state of emergency in Louisiana.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY DECLARED, DHS AND FEMA GIVEN FULL AUTHORITY
TO RESPOND TO KATRINA: Specifically, FEMA is
authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion,
equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.
Forecasters fear it is the storm the people of his city have long worried could hit. In a news conference, Nagin said he expected the city's levee system to fail, and also expected power to go down.
At 11 p.m. The National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane warning from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border, an area that includes New Orleans. A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
That night, National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield briefed President Bush, Governor Blanco, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, and Mayor Nagin on the status of Hurricane Katrina
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