It’s spooky that hurricane Isaac is following almost the exact same track as hurricane Katrina did in 2005, not to mention the fact it’s due to make landfall on the anniversary of Katrina. Luckily, Isaac is much weaker than Katrina, but any hurricane slamming into low-lying areas has the potential to create massive havoc. As Marshall Ramsey notes on Twitter, “this year’s Katrina anniversary brought to you by Isaac and Xanax.”
I remember obsessively watching the Weather Channel back in 2005 as Katrina roared towards the coast. I’m doing the same thing this year. Even though I live in Tennessee and hurricanes are not a threat to me here (even thought Ivan in 2004 ripped the roof off the house next door), I still am fascinated by the strength that can be conjured up simply by wind and water. Weather, and hurricanes, fascinate me. Weather is so powerful, so unpredictable, and potentially so violent, it’s one of the few things that humans can still not control and still cannot overcome.
Hurricane Katrina was just one of the more recent hurricane disaster to hit the United States, and although the most expensive, wasn’t the deadliest. Weather Underground put together a list of the deadliest hurricanes throughout history. The deadliest was the Galveston hurricane of 1900 with 8,000 people perishing in the storm. The storm was called Isaac’s Storm, which is another spooky parallel. The Galveston hurricane was truly terrifying and devastating for anyone on Galveston Island. You can watch an excellent documentary about the storm on YouTube called Great Disasters: Galveston Hurricane 1900: Isaac’s Storm.
I hope that the Gulf coast isn’t devastated this week like it was in 2005.