Message that includes a series of spectacular storm photographs claims that they depict the beginning of Hurricane Katrina (Full commentary below).
False – Images are genuine, but only the last is associated with Katrina.
FW: The Beginning of Katrina- PLEASE VIEW THE ATTACHED PICTURESTHE BEGINNING OF KATRINA
These pictures were taken by a man in Magee, MS where the eye of the storm passed through – what an experience. Magee is 150 miles North of Waveland, Mississippi where the Hurricane made land fall.
Worth passing on!!!
According to the description that accompanies this series of six fabulous storm photographs, they show Hurricane Katrina as it approached the town of Magee, Mississippi in August 2005. The message also claims that a seventh photograph shows a tidal wave generated by Katrina just before it inundated the coastline at Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Although the photographs are all genuine, the accompanying description is completely untrue.
The six photographs in the first part of the message do not depict Hurricane Katrina nor were they taken in Mississippi. These compelling storm photographs were taken by storm chaser Mike Hollingshead, in the American states of Nebraska and Kansas during 2004. The photographs show several storms that occurred at different times in different areas. None of the images depict an approaching hurricane.
All of the images and many more are available on Extreme Instability, Mike Hollingshead’s website. The following list provides details about each of the six storm photographs in turn. Click the corresponding caption to view the image in its original context on Extreme Instability.
An in-depth analysis of the photograph on another website notes:While the seventh photograph in the message is actually related to Hurricane Katrina, it does not depict a tidal wave as described nor was it taken in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Bay Saint Louis, including Saint Stanislaus College, was indeed devastated by a massive storm tide during Katrina, but the photograph does not show that event. In fact, the picture shows a storm surge generated by Katrina overflowing a levee near the Paris Road bridge in New Orleans. According to an article on WWLTV.com, the storm surge photograph and others in the same sequence were taken from a nearby power plant by manager, Don McClosky. The photograph can be seen in its original context on WWLTV.com.
When most people first see this photo, They assume that they are looking a large, tsunami-like wave, surging down the MRGO towards St. Bernard. However, if you look closely at the picture, you can see that this is clearly not the case. What we are seeing here is water overflowing the north levee of the MRGO/Intra-coastal canal, directly under the Paris Road bridge.
The website also features other photographs taken in the same location after the storm has passed. They clearly reveal that the “tidal wave” photograph was indeed taken in New Orleans, not Bay Saint Louis or elsewhere.
Last updated: 16th Novomber 2009
First published: 10th January 2008
By Brett M. Christensen