Sunday, August 28, 2005
Forecasters then watched in wonder as a series of conditions, many of them poorly understood, caused the storm to do what no one wanted: intensify, expand and maintain a terrifying trajectory.
The energy, the near-record low pressure in the storm's core, and its huge dimensions added up to an inevitable disaster, Mr. Read said.
"That's why they're basically forecasting Armageddon when it goes inland," he said."
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