Striking an area west of New Orleans all the way east to Pensacola, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc across the southeastern United States earlier this week. One meteorological aspect that reduced the relative effect of the storm was the fact that a bit of dry air from the Midwest weakened the hurricane before it reached land and pushed the storm slightly to the east. While the damage to the area will reach into the tens of billions of dollars, civic leaders and relief organizations have their hands full as they try to coordinate a multi-pronged effort to bring medical supplies, food, oil, and other crucial items to the areas affected by the storm. Some of the many challenges facing local administrators include moving thousands of storm refugees who are temporarily housed in the Superdome in New Orleans all the way to the Astrodome in Houston and also attempting to avert a public health disaster by provisioning safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people. Of course, one must remember that the Crescent City and environs have persevered and certainly flourished during the past three centuries, and thanks to the efforts of many people and organizations, the region will no doubt continue to regroup and rebuild during the coming weeks and months.
The first link leads to a fine audio news feature from National Public Radio provides coverage of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Miss. The second link will take visitors to a news piece from the _Guardian_ that discusses the recent order from Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco that states that everyone must leave the city of New Orleans immediately. The third link leads to a news piece from CNN that talks about the multitude of challenges facing New Orleans, such as looting, rising water levels, and the problems faced by area hospitals. The fourth link leads to a site provided by AOL that contains news stories about rescue and relief efforts in the area, along with comments left by those affected by the disaster. The fifth link leads to a story from the _Chronicle of Higher Education_ talks about the (as yet) little discussed problems faced by students at colleges and universities in the area devastated by the hurricane. The sixth and final link to the Network of Good website provides an opportunity for individuals to make donations to a number of philanthropic organizations providing relief services, including America's Second Harvest and United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area.
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