Katrina is now a Category 5 Hurricane

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Katrina to a Category 5 hurricane, with winds having been measured at 160 mph.  The target still appears centered on Port Fourchon.  The map hasn't changed much since the one Prof G posted just below.  Only the severity of the storm has risen drastically.  
Hurricane Katrina is a Category 5 hurricane, which means its storm surges are generally greater than 18 feet above normal and that its winds exceed 155 miles per hour. Only three hurricanes of this strength have ever hit land in the United States since the category was recorded: the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the hurricane center said.
 As Reuters notes
The last Category 5 to strike the area was Hurricane Camille in 1969. Camille just missed New Orleans but devastated large swaths of Louisiana and Alabama, and killed more than 400 people. Hurricane Andrew, which destroyed the city of Homestead south of Miami in 1992 and ranks as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, was also a Category 5.

UPDATE: I went back to our post on Memorial Day which gave the data for last year. As a result of last years storms we lost 0.5 mbd of oil from about now through the end of the year, and as J noted

We routinely evacuate offshore platforms when a hurricane enters the Gulf of Mexico. Deepwater work must cease quickly, because the rigs are dynamically moored. Shallow rigs are left in place as are platforms, but the production is shut-in and personnel evacuated. Last year, we had 15 platforms that were damaged and required repair. The industry had over 75 total damaged, two had drilling rigs collapse on top of them. These repairs sometimes run months due to personnel and equipment shortages in our industry.
And to bring the comment I added on "The Oil Storm" to the fore, I rewatched the opening this morning. Fox predicted that Julia, a category 4 hurricane, would hit Port Fourchon next weekend, taking out the Port and the access roads, and bridge, and the LOOP (which is a 1 mbd facility). Gas prices would rise by that Wednesday (10 days from now) from $50 to $70 a barrel. Hmmm! Wonder where they will go now? The DoE opened the SPR and released 1 mbd to ease tensions, which it did. The Mayor of New Orleans played himself in the movie. For real he has just said
"The real issue - that I don't think the nation is paying attention to - is that through the city of New Orleans, through the Gulf of Mexico, we probably deal with almost a third of the nation's domestic oil that is produced. And that will most likely be shut down," Mr. Nagin said. "So, this can have a significant impact on oil prices going forward," he added.
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Chris C. Mooney writes about his personal connection to Katrina: The Atlantis Scenario

...and now the Mayor of New Orleans has ordered a mandatory evacuation:


Petroleum aside, the potential loss of real property in N.O. (not to mention human life) could be staggering and have significant economic impacts far beyond the crescent city.  

I'm walking on sunshine, ooh-ooh. . .
I rewatched the opening of "The Oil Storm" this morning.  To introduce the drama they used a Category 4 Hurricane (Julia) which hit the area a week later than Katrina.  Gas prices went from $50 to $70.  The access bridge to Port Fourchon and the access road were taken out.  The LOOp went, and it was projected it would take a year to bring everything back to snuff.

I need to go find a comment from a much earlier post, which I will put on the main board in relation to damage.

If there is a positive in all this, the notion of peak oil may, finally, get  widespread attention.

Acceptance? That's yet another battle but attention would be a first victory.

Whether attention and acceptance result in sane plans to move forward is a whole other kettle of fish. I am not optimistic.

don't get optimistic.  that means the news media would have to actually delve into the details and understand WHY!  :)

which I seriously hope they do.

Frankly I don't see this event as having that much to do with Peak Oil. The peak could be 30 years away and that wouldn't change anything. All that matters is that much of our oil, both domestic and internationally, comes in through the New Orleans area. That doesn't have anything to do with Saudi Arabia running out of oil.