Currently, my husband and I are among the millions of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. We left Mobile, Alabama, our temporary residence, early Sunday morning and headed for Atlanta, Georgia, to wait out the storm. So I thought I would take a look at who is blogging about Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Jeff Master’s Wunder Blog on Weather Underground has been regularly updated with the latest news of Hurricane Katrina. It is enhanced with great maps, satellite photos, and computer models from weatherunderground.com, quickly becoming a favorite for us to watch. And we aren’t the only ones. His most recent post included 1066 comments.
Steve Gregory’s Specialized Transportation, Safety and Commodity Forecast Services Blog on Weather Underground has a special report on Hurricane Katrina with pictures and analysis that are absolutely amazing. Wind speeds, wind shear, influence on wind and weather worldwide by Hurricane Katrina, wave height, you name it.
The Weather Channel has it’s own blog, too, with reports from the storm’s coverage and reporters on the scene. It contains videocasts and some streaming from the reporters in the various locations along Hurricane Katrina’s path.
One enterprising person used WordPress to setup www.deadlykatrina.com, reporting on news and activity around Hurricane Katrina. That is certainly recognizing a need and building a website fast around it.
A search on Technorati shows a huge number of bloggers discussing Hurricane Katrina, but I wanted to find serious stories and commentaries, not just babblers.
WeatherBlog – blogging the weather one day at a time – gathers reports from around the storm and the people effected by Hurricane Katrina.
Kay Trammell’s Hurricane Update Blog reports on the actual hurricane from the New Orleans area and how the media is responding, appropriate as an assistant professor in mass communication at Louisiana State University. She is blogging regularly, as long as the power lasts, on the storm, its effects, and the media.
New Orleans Metblogs metro blogging site has various reports from local bloggers on the evacuation and Hurricane Katrina’s approach and results.
Some people spoke of their memories, such as Jason remembering 4 days spent in New Orleans on their cruise ship honey moon, Catwi writing about Hurricane Katrina wrote, “I went through our photos of our last trip and could see in my mind’s eye the stones of the cathedral scattered over Jackson Square, the statue down and pulled by the receding flood waters into the river.” Chris Piers worries over Hurricane Katrina’s impact saying:
Things I’m concerned about it ruining completely:
Preservation Hall, a really old wooden house in the French Quarter which is a museum to jazz history
The Audobon Zoo – how do they protect all those animals?
Tulane University – I went there and I am sure any damage is reparable but still
My friend Chris’ bar, The Saint – I hope he has good insurance on it
Some people who usually blog about other things, suddenly found themselves caught up in the storm, able to evacuate and continue to write about it, or unable to get out and caught in the storm, doing their best to continue updating their blogs as the storm slams around them.
Ernie the Attorney tells of driving for 4 hours to only go 15 miles to evacuate from New Orleans and deciding to return home and just ride the storm out. He’s trying to connect via his cell phone, taking pictures with his cell cam and uploading them to Flickr, but he is sure that the cell towers will get slammed in the storm and the loss of power will make this a limited effort.
The nola.com reports on New Orleans news, lifestyle, and activities and continues blogging about Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans. Recent reports include a building collapse in the Garden District and windows blown out with flying glass all through the downtown area.
SYN/ACK/FIN from Mobile, Alabama, reports that contact was finally made with family in Mobile and “Winds are very high and phones and power are out across Mobile. They tell me that have a small boat ready in case flood waters get too high.”
Other people are finding interesting tie-ins with their blogging interests and Hurricane Katrina. Crossing Wall Street’s God’s Punishing Louisiana, Wall Street hooks religion, Wall Street, and gas and oil prices with Hurricane Katrina: “Hurricane Katrina has made landfall in Louisiana and it’s already causing damage on Wall Street. For the first time ever, crude oil futures soared over $70 a barrel. More than 40% of U.S. oil production operations were closed down this weekend. The stock futures are currently pointing to a weak open today.” In Truth from a Lefty Christain, photographs from the media decorate the site with political, religious, racial, and economic commentary:
I have a problem with a country that only allows those who can afford to evacuate to leave a city in the center-on path of a category five hurricane. If you want to leave the city, you should be able to leave the city and money should not be an issue. The busses were obviously leaving, the city should have said they would pay for the fare of indigent. Now you have nine thousand poor people fit into the superdome, and, according to the article they’ve lost power and back up power only covers lights, not air conditioning. Now….<jeopardy music starts>… Answer: The Color Skin Most likely to be seen in the Superdome because they were did not have the means to get out of the city…. Question: “What is —–”</jeopardy>
IP Democracy’s Hurricane Katrina Spurs Widespread Citizen Journalism reports on the use of blogs for reporting on the storm’s path, even wondering with others about CNN and other media outlets encouraging people to stay in the hurricane’s destructive path in order to blog the sensationalized events:
As one of the worst, if not the worst, storm to hit the U.S. since at least the 1950s, Hurricane Katrina is fostering widespread citizen efforts to keep the world informed of the storm’s progress. Boing Boing has an extended piece on the blogs and web-based efforts to track Katrina. Current is calling for donated videos.
Webcams for me are a kind of vblogging or video blogging, visual reports from an area of interest. Earthcam’s Bourbon Street, New Orleans webcam comes in and out but continues to work during the storm for a first hand look at the impact on New Orleans famous landmark and tourist attraction.
Local news stations, like New Orleans WWL-TV, continue broadcasting and updating via their website with backup generators to keep the news on the air. Other New Orleans webcams include Nola.com’s New Orleans Bourbo-cam, Cincy Street New Orleans webcams, WAFB Tower webcam, WBRZ Traffic News webcams in New Orleans, and other webcams from WXNation’s New Orleans List of Webcams and New Orleans sites’ list of webcams.
Information is everywhere on one of the most blogged about storms in history. Have you found any interesting blogs reporting on Hurricane Katrina? Share them here.