Power Of 5 Weather Blog

Pictures continue to come in from one of America’s greatest natural disasters and many are asking what went wrong? Scientist have feared for years that “the big one” could come near New Orleans. As recent as just one year ago FEMA practiced for such an event. Did their plan work? You decide. This was a news release from FEMA that was posted on their website from a year ago and still resides there today. It was a “Dooms Day” drill for an imaginary category 3 Hurricane Pam.

Hurricane Pam Exercise Concludes
Release Date: July 23, 2004

BATON ROUGE, La. — Hurricane Pam brought sustained winds of 120 mph, up to 20 inches of rain in parts of southeast Louisiana and storm surge that topped levees in the New Orleans area. More than one million residents evacuated and Hurricane Pam destroyed 500,000 to 600,000 buildings. Emergency officials from 50 parish, state…

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