Katrina Update: Category 4 storm hits New Orleans

class=img_thumbleft>Better news for

New Orleans

as Katrina hit landfall this morning as a

Category 4 versus Category 5


National Hurricane Center

Director Max Mayfield warned that New Orleans would be pounded throughout the day, but Katrina would most likely unleash a 15-foot storm surge, down from the feared 28 feet. Mayfield stated this surge would still cause extensive flooding. The wind continues to damage the

Lousiana Superdome

, tearing pieces of metal from the roof, exposing the 10,000 non-evacuees to daylight and rain.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

, however, does not consider the dome a "dangerous situation" in which to weather the storm.

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