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Category 5 hurricane impacts shipping industry in USA southeast. [Copy link] 中文

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While residents are evacuating their homes ahead of Hurricane Katrina, with its 165 mph winds, others are worried about the impact of the hurricane to the shipping infrastructure.

New Orleans and Baton Rouge are two of the largest inland ports in the USA, providing shippers with deep access to the center of the country before unloading their cargo.  The deep river channel providing this access is kept free of silt by the brisk river current.  But the Mississippi river main channel has wanted to use a more direct route to the Gulf of Mexico for years, through Morgan City.

In the late 50s and early 60's, the government built a huge river control project to keep the main channel flowing through Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  If a major storm like Katrina destroys the river control complex, then these ports wil become too shallow for deep container ships.

A big windy storm with a lot of rain like Katrina could create conditions to do just that.  The winds are very destructive and the storm track shows much of the rain will drain through the Mississipppi watershed.

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