Via Mark Kleiman:
According to Smith, the heaviest physical damage to the property was caused by significant water and debris being blown into hotel guest rooms and atrium lobby after windows were shattered by severe winds.
What? According to google’s directions, it’s about two-tenths of a mile, in a straight line, from the Hyatt Regency to the Superdome. And according to the Hyatt:
Among hotels in New Orleans, we’re your gateway to enjoy everything New Orleans has to offer, whether you’re visiting our city for business or for pleasure. Just a few minutes from the New Orleans Convention Center, our downtown hotel is perfect for New Orleans conventions and events. Among hotels in New Orleans with an ideal location, you can’t beat the Hyatt Regency New Orleans as we’re adjacent to the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Arena and New Orleans Centre shopping mall.
They even have a map.
The guys from the Hyatt just, what, drove right to the lobby door?