Talk of the Nation talks to people in Mississippi and Louisiana to help gauge the impact of one of the most powerful, deadly, and costly storms to ever hit the United States.
Were cities like New Orleans, Biloxi and Gulfport ready to face the brunt of the devastating winds, rain and storm surge? Can New Orleans specifically improve its odds of dealing with future storms?
Meantime, a downgraded Katrina continues to move north toward Ohio with still-high winds and rain.
Joshua Clark, editor of Light of New Orleans Publishing; in the heart of the French Quarter by Jackson Square living in the Pontalbas apartment complex
Joe Contreras, reporter for Newsweek covering the storm
Lea Stokes, public relations official for Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Joseph Suhhayda, oceanographer and expert in emergency preparedness
Denise Reed, professor of geology at University of New Orleans; studies Louisiana wetlands