I watched Katrina's eye pass east of downtown New Orleans this morning.
A track 10 miles west would have utterly destroyed the city.
The city seems to have taken a major, devastating blow however, with people trapped (why did you people not leave or go to the Superdome?!!) in their attics. In Hurricane Betsy, people drowned in their attics.
And there are no reports south and east of the city. It is likely places like Venice and Grand Isle no longer exist.