Hurricane Katrina's effects, at a glance:
FLORIDAKatrina hit the southern tip of Florida on Thursday as a
Category One hurricane, then headed into the Gulf of Mexico.
Evacuations: As the storm aimed at the Gulf Coast, people on
Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key were urged to
Power outages: About 314-thouasand residential and business
customers in South Florida remained without power Monday morning.
Damage: Initial computer modeling estimates pegged the insured
wind damage at 600 (m) million dollars to two (b) billion dollars.
LOUISIANAKatrina strengthened to a Category Five storm over the Gulf of
Mexico but weakened slightly and came ashore early Monday as a
Category Four storm with wind of 145 miles-per-hour.
Evacuations: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the entire
city of 485-thousand to evacuate. For those who couldn't, the city
opened 10 shelters, including the Superdome, and urged people to
bring three- to five days worth of supplies.
Nagin estimated that 80 percent of the city's residents had
left, leaving about 97-thousand still in town.
Some 370-thousand customers in southeast Louisiana were
estimated to be without power
About nine-thousand spent the night at the Superdome. Power
failed at around 5 a.m. Monday.
MISSISSIPPIGovernor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.
The Wolf River in Harrison County poured out of its banks and
approached record levels, threatening a large number of homes.
Evacuations: Residents all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
headed inland Sunday. Thousands spent the night in shelters.
A tornado watch was posted for the southern portion of the
The state is expecting between 250 and 350-thousand evacuees
ALABAMAGovernor Bob Riley declared a state of emergency.
The storm hammered Alabama's coast early today with huge waves
and tree-bending winds. Frothy gulf waters swirled in the streets
of Gulf Shores.
Evacuations: All coastal and low-lying areas of south Mobile
County and the beachfront and flood-prone areas of Baldwin County
were told to leave.
Flooding reported on Dauphin Island.
Gulf Shores under curfew all day today.
GULF OF MEXICOCrude oil futures spiked to more than 70-dollars a barrel for
the first time today. Oil companies shut down one (m) million
barrels of refining capacity in the Gulf, but that amount could be
far higher because not every producer reports data, said Peter
Beutel, an oil analyst with Cameron Hanover.