Blogging in the wind editor Jon Donley is blogging from inside New Orleans, in the Times-Picayune’s hurricane bunker:

OK, it’s official, Katrina is beginning to knock on our door. We’ve already been without main power for about two hours . . . no air conditioning (not to harp on that) . . . flashlights to get around the building. Thankfully, no televisions turned to helmet-haired weathercreatures yapping away about worst-case scenarios. Times-Picayune staffers huddled around a radio, or gathered at the second-floor landing, where there’s a view of the newspaper’s front drive circle.

The scene out the windows is frightening, and it’s just beginning. Gusts slamming the big windows, and people reflexively ducking, knowing they’ve got to break. Trees whipping as if they’re about to be uprooted.

: Terry Teachout is keeping a good directory of hurricane blogging.
: Kaye Trammel is blogging via Blackberry from LSU. Ernie the Attorney couldn’t get out of Dodge. [via Winer]

: UPDATE: My friend Jon Donley got a good picture of the damage to the Superdome.

: NowPublic just put up a board for people to connect with those who are missing — or at least hard to reach — in the storm.

: MSNBC obviously couldn’t get to the satellite feed from its New Orleans affiliate, so it put the station’s web feed on the air.

I watched WDSU, New Orleans’ station, over its stream. The station staff was evacuated, so they were broadcasting from a fellow Hearst station and they also put up streams from other local stations. The power of networking.

: AND FOR DESSERT: I have to say, in spite of everything, the Times-Picayune had great red beans and rice.

  • Hi Jeff,

    I just wanted to post an update, and give you a heads up from NowPublic.

    We’ve quietly been working on the next release of NowPublic and it is now – finally – in testing. We still have a few seats left in our beta group so if you’re interested in getting an advanced viewing before we launch please let me know.

    In the coming weeks I’ll post additional details here but please feel free to contact me in the meantime. My email address is calder(at)nowpublic(dot)com.


    Calder Lorenz,
    Director, Contributor Relations,

  • Hi,

    As promised, here are the details…

    It looks like the NowPublic V3 beta program will be starting next week. Let me know if you want to join us. We’d be very interested in what you think. My email address is clorenz(at)nowpublic(dot)com.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Hey,

    As promised, here are the details about NowPublic V3

    We will be going live tomorrow between 6am and 6pm (pending the servers showing up to work). You can find a sneak peak here:

    Feel free to drop me a note with your comments. Thanks. My email address is