The drama in this piece about Hurricane Katrina is more impressive when you realize that it's running in The Washington Post, which is generally not given to hyperbole. I really hope the worst-case scenario envisioned here gets laughed off afterwards as fear-mongering, because it sounds extremely frightening. And that bit about 1969's Hurricane Camille, which has fascinated me since I was in elementary school? That's some seriously fine gothic description:
Camille struck with the force of several hydrogen bombs, altering forever the topography of the Mississippi coast. Its nearly 200-mph winds and 25-foot storm surge exploded concrete buildings and erased entire communities -- then gouged open graveyards and hung corpses in the live oaks like so much Spanish moss. There was a problem for a time telling the storm victims from those already embalmed.
Meterological crisis seems to bring out the best in author Ken Ringle.