I just don’t understand this. Twice now I have heard MSNBC, first Brian Williams on Countdown and then Dan Abrams, claim the evacuation of 950,000 in SoCal is greater than that of Hurricane Katrina.
At this point that just is not true. From theUS Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration:
For example, more than 1.2 million people in Louisiana were evacuated
before Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, and still more than 100,000 people
were evacuated from New Orleans in the week following the storm.
Perhaps in the end what MSNBC now claims as fact will become true but it is not at this point.
“The Largest Peacetime Movement of Americans Since The Civil War”
Walking between two burned-out houses, which were standing just yesterday, Brian Williams began NBC Nightly News with the sobering statistics of the California wildfires.
But from a September, 2005NYT’s article on the evacuation of as many as 2.5 million due to Hurricane Rita:
HOUSTON, Sept. 22 – Heeding days of dire warnings about Hurricane Rita,
as many as 2.5 million people jammed evacuation routes on Thursday,
creating colossal 100-mile-long traffic jams that left many people
stranded and out of gas as the huge storm bore down on theTexas coast.
(added) And regarding Hurricane Rita evacuation fromUS.INFO.STATE.GOV:
Nevertheless, authorities pointed out that they successfully conducted
one of the largest urban evacuations in U.S. history, moving between
2.5 and 3 million people out of the hurricane’s path in roughly 48
Am I missing something here???
UPDATE: Video and transcript atHuffPo of Williams on Countdown claiming a “Super Katrina.” From the transcript:
WILLIAMS: You know, the figure I’m using on “Nightly News” tonight –
the Associated Press, just before our first feed of the broadcast got
off the air issued that new figure – 950, 960 thousand evacuee”s. That
puts this in a “SuperKatrina” category well beyond Katrina – it also
makes this the largest single peacetime movement of Americans since the