Facts about hurricane Katrina
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- Hurricane Katrina formed on August 23rd, 2005 and started as a category one hurricane.
- Katrina then strengthened to a category 5 hurricane and was in fact among one of the strongest and most devastating hurricanes or storms to hit the US coast in a hundred years. Hurricane Katrina was in fact ranked third of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in U.S. History.
- Area’s affected by the storm were: South Florida, New Orleans and Greater New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle, Bahamas and much of the eastern part of North America.
- Katrina’s sustained wind speeds were 125 MPH and it wiped out many homes and affected many cities and towns along the gulf coast.
- The storm damaged 81 billion dollars worth of property, making it the most destructive and costly hurricanes recorded in U.S. History. Katrina covered roughly 90,000 square miles.
- The death toll for hurricane Katrina reached 1,836 deaths. 1,577 people were killed in Louisiana and the deadly storm killed 238 people in Mississippi.
- Much of the damage from the storm was caused by an aging levee which had been built to withstand a category 3 storm. Hurricane Katrina was in fact a category 5 storm caused the levee to breach causing massive flooding.
- 80 percent of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana became flooded due to the storm. In some places the flood water was up to 10 to 15 feet deep.
- The Hurricane Katrina storm lasted from August 23rd, 2005 to August 30st, 2005, lasting 7 days or 1 week.