MAYOR: “MOST LIKELY THOUSANDS” DEAD IN NEW ORLEANS….If this turns out to be right, it’s truly unbelievable:

“We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water,” and others dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. He estimated that at least hundreds had died and “most likely, thousands.”

Even as they made plans to effectively empty this city, officials today began to set up a temporary morgue. Nagin said there are significant numbers of bodies floating in the water and many more are believed to be dead inside the attics of houses.

“Do the math,” he said.

Good Lord. Thousands?

UPDATE: From comments:

This afternoon Blitzer had the guy from LSU on whose team has been computer modeling this disaster. So far, the guy said that their modeling has been right on. He said that the model predicts that one third of the some 250,000 people who stayed in New Orleans were killed.

This can’t be true. It just can’t be.