While almost all of the attention has been on New Orleans, the fact is that hurricane Katrina (thankfully) turned and didn’t hit the city directly. While this was fortunate for the 100,000 residents stranded in the city, it didn’t bode well for those in the other cities and towns along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama. They took a direct hit, and it’s important that we don’t forget about them.
These pictures were sent in by a reader who works with the spouse of the photographer, who is in the Air Force Reserve. They were taken very recently, perhaps yesterday. Click each for a larger view. And if I’ve screwed up locations or place names, let me know and I’ll fix it. (I’ve only driven through the area once. On I-10. At night. I’m going totally off of Google Earth, here.)
Cell tower, though it quite possibly doesn’t have power. Seems to me that the priority would be to get cell phones going over land lines. UPDATE: A commenter points out that cell towers use land lines to communicate with the rest of the world. That’s absolutely true. Still, it seems that focusing on the part of the network that supports cell systems should be the priority, leaving the rest of the landlines for later. MORE: See comments by RedLion and TANSTAAFL below for more on this and why satellite is probably the way to go in a situation like this.
More of the same bridge. I think that’s Mallini Point beyond the wreckage (well, remains) of the bridge.
We’ve seen a lot of bridges looking like this. That’s a big part of why getting relief supplies delivered isn’t happening as quickly as everyone would like.
Running left-right about a third of the way up this pic is a line of debris. Is that the high-water mark? This is east of Pass Christian in a section of Mississippi that Google Earth doesn’t have high-res imagery of.
Just look at that debris. I don’t know if those are railroad cars or ocean containers tossed around, but they’re all over. As far as I can tell from Google Earth, that red rectangular thing in the debris line at the right doesn’t belong there. Maybe a barge washed up there? UPDATE: Those cargo containers are actually banana trucks. Gulfport is the largest banana seaport in North America.
Speaking of “washed up there”, the big thing with the blue roof sitting on Hwy 90 is the Floating Grand Casino. Check out the tennis courts beyond for a sense of scale.
UPDATE: It’s actually Casino Magic on Hwy 90, not the Floating Grand Casino. Okay, I guess it is the Grand Casino.
This is in Biloxi. That’s destruction. Unfortunately, Google Earth doesn’t have high-res images of Biloxi. It appears that it was cloudy the day the pics were taken, as high-res images bordering the city show clouds and shadows. UPDATE: A commenter tells me that the collapsed building in the foreground is the new Hard Rock Cafe Casino, which was to have its grand opening this month.
If anyone has additional info on the subject of these pics, put it up on the comments sections.
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