Hurricane Katrina Pulls Its Punches in New Orleans

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McKee said the National Weather Service had received reports that the levees had been breached in the Orleans and Saint Bernard areas to the south of New Orleans, but he did not know how bad the flooding was in the city.

McKee said the hurricane pushed a ten-foot (three-meter) storm surge into Mobile Bay, and flooding has been reported in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

McKee said he did not know whether any deaths had been reported in the hurricane.

Willie Drye is the author of Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, published by National Geographic Books.

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