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Sunday, August 28, 2005

20,000+ Guinea Pigs?

A CNN report earlier today was talking about hurricane shelters that were specifically designed and built to withstand category 5 winds which start at 155 MPH, but may not stand up to the additional 20+ MPH winds that Katrina is currently packing.

I wonder if this little tidbit was revealed to the tens of thousands of people piling into the Louisiana Superdome which has been undergoing tests to determine if it could withstand hurricane-force winds of any strength, but those tests have not yet been completed sufficiently enough to give much of a clue. Engineers think it can handle the lower end of category 4. If that’s true, Katrina is going to make a meal out of that stadium!

Update 1: slight mistake, the 20,000 number is the estimated total capacity they’re planning on. At this writing, there are about 12,000 people inside.

Update 2: Umm, yeah. This is the roof I’d want to be under when category 4 winds and category 5 gusts come knocking.

» Posted by ALBj at 08:03 PM (ET)
Category: Musings

Comments

They simply don’t have anything stronger there…

» Posted by Zoli
August 28, 2005 08:22 PM

At this rate, I may get to say I attended one of the last games in that stadium.

» Posted by Queue
September 1, 2005 10:38 AM

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