The eye of Hurricane Katrina has come ashore over southeastern Louisiana.
Landfall was about 80 miles south of New Orleans and forecasters said it would take the eye about two hours to get to the city with the strongest winds. The advance winds were already blowing tiles off the slate roofs of the French Quarter.
Forecasters are holding out hope that the hurricane will track a little east of the city. That could mean New Orleans would get hit by the western eyewall -- the weaker side of the strongest winds.
That's good news for Louisiana's biggest city, because the western side is not quite as bad as the eastern. But as meteorologist Eric Blake says, "it will be plenty bad enough."