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Katrina -- Coming Ashore

Jason Samenow @ 6:30 AM

Some good news this morning -- Katrina has weakened to a Category 4 storm as she makes landfall, likely due to dry air entering the system. Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph. It also appears that center will move just east of New Orleans which will spare it from the worst effects, typically limited to the northeast section of the eyewall.

The worst of storm is still to come for New Orleans and the key time for the city will be in the next six hours as the center moves inland (just east of the city). Once the center passes, the winds will shift to northerly which will test the levees along Lake Pontchartrain. In the mean time, easterly winds will help push the storm surge into Louisiana delta.

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