This week, Hurricane Katrina decimated the southern coast of the US, including Louisiana and Mississippi. New Orleans was especially hit hard. Hundreds are already reported dead, and many are trapped because they were unable to evacuate. The amount of damage is so surreal that it makes my problems seem so insignificant. Everyone in the US is also affected financially because a number of fuel refineries were also hit by Katrina. As a result, many of us are dealing with the price of gas surpassing $3 a gallon (and possibly hitting $4 a gallon by the weekend). Iâ€™ll make my prediction now and say that the economy will not handle the ripple effect of Katrinaâ€™s destructive force. Tonight, though, Iâ€™m dedicating this blog to all of the victimâ€™s that live in the areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.