As someone who lives in a country that is for a large part below sea level, I can only empathize with the citizens of New Orleans.
Read a rather stark warning here.
Blogger Steve Gregory offers some rather intimidating insights into Katrina.
Good luck guys. Maybe the Dutch can help rebuild the place afterwards. God knows we went through (a rather moist version of) hell once. Since then, we've indulged in a few nifty gadgets.
Hopefully it won't be as bad in New Orleans.
(On the bright side: getting through the list of potential names for your baby girl suddenly got a bit easier.)
Update 29/8, 0.08:
'In 2002, an American Red Cross estimate found 25,000 to 100,000 people would be killed if a major hurricane hit the New Orleans area.'
Holy mother of God.