A while ago, I read Isaac's Storm, about the hurricane in 1900 that hit Galveston, another low-lying city on the gulf. That's giving me nightmares about New Orleans.
Katrina slowed a bit (135 mph) & veered a little east before passing NOLA, which helps, but probably not enough, because the majority of deaths are expected to come from the storm surge.
Newspaper, SUNDAY am, reported on one woman tried to get out via Amtrack, 'but couldnt'. Didnt say if train full, or ? I sure hope they ran extra trains in the last couple days. Airport closed very early too, so that many tourists etc stuck in town, even tho storm not expected to make landfall til MONDAY am.
Highrise hotels have been asked to provide "vertical evacuation" for those who couldnt get out of town.
Altoid - curiously strong.