New Orleans, my favourite US city, is somewhere under this:
I visit there back in Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ99 when on a coast-to-coast road trip (LA to DC, 6480 miles). As my friend and I were driving up the east coast of Florida, we turned to each other simultaneously and said Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to go backÃ¢â‚¬Â. So we took a 900 mile detour off course in order to spend another 3 nights. Such a beautiful city, such great, friendly people. I hope it survives.
The roof of the Superdome, where thousands of New Orleans residents have sought refuge from the storm, was damaged and there are reports of water pouring into the building.
The Superdome has no electricity, so in addition to the rain coming in, there is no air-conditioning for the thousands of New Orleanians sheltering there.
And the US military concentrating their efforts positively:
Aircraft are positioned from Hammond to the Texas border ready to fly behind the storm to check damage after it passes over New Orleans, said Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, head of the Louisiana National Guard.