I lived in Pass Christian when Katrina hit (I live in Bay St. Louis, now) Katrina was so much more powerful than a normal hurricane
, they should have given it a different name. "Hurricane" just doesn't cut it.
We had guys from Miami
who had been through Andrew come help (I went through Andrew, too) and I told them 'you are not going to believe it when you see it. It makes Andrew damage look minor.' (It made Camille damage look minor).
None of them believed me until they got here.
And, yet, some boats did survive it, to show that any storm can be prepared for. My daughter went through Katrina, and now lives in New Jersey
and went through Sandy. She says she has to be careful about telling people up there how minor the damage caused by Sandy looks to her.