Blackberry Helps Blogger During Hurricane

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Hurricane Katrina generated everything from eyewitness reports to prayers on the Internet on Monday. Kaye Trammell of Baton Rouge set up a Web log, or blog, to let her family and friends know what was happening. “It sounds like someone is standing outside both my door & all my windows & shaking them. Hard,” she wrote early Monday morning.

“I’ve got to” keep blogging, she said around midday, talking on her battery-powered BlackBerry wireless e-mail and cell phone handset, which she used when power failed. “If I’m not posting (friends and family) will freak out.” Her Web address: www.hurricaneupdate.blogspot.com. Trammell, 29, is a communications professor at Louisiana State University.


The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper joined nola.com, its affiliated Web site, to produce stories and blogs. Dan Shea, managing editor for news at the newspaper, said it could be a week before power is restored to the newspaper’s presses. In the meantime, it will post a daily report at www.nola.com.

Jon Donley, editor of nola.com, kept a blog that was a mix of news and some personal anguish. His daughter was riding out the storm with a friend: “Her name is Sarah … for those of you praying.”

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