Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States on August 28, 2005. The center of Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on the morning of August 29, 2005. The devastating effect of this hurricane resulted in more than 1,800 citizens losing their lives, as well as more than an estimated $81 billion dollars in damages occurred. By August 31, 2005, eighty-percent of the city became submerged under water because the storm surge breached the city's levees at multiple points. If the levees are damaged massive water will flood Louisiana from the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi River, and other surrounding bodies of water.
The Levee crash was one of the major causes of the flooding in New Orleans. The deaths and damages cost billions. After this storm many people didn’t want to move back to their home, New Orleans. During Hurricane Katrina all thing went to a living hell. Katrina ruined the city that we all know.
On early morning of August 29th, 2005 on the Gulf Shore near New Orleans, a devastating hurricane struck. It wrecked havoc, demolishing anything in its path. Leaving nothing but mounds of trash. The surviving people were forced to leave due to massive flooding and the destruction of their homes. New Orleans was not the only place hit by Katrina but it was one of the areas that was hit the hardest.
One of the major problems was the flooding. Water submerged mostly everything that people owned including their homes and businesses. This led to another major problem, millions left homeless. People were forced to evacuate their homes because it was not safe and even after the hurricane was over they were not able to go back. Those who were fortunate enough to be in their homes, still had to face the problem of major power outages.
Hurricane Katrina had 127 mph winds. Hurricane Katrina has winds through Grand Isle, Louisiana, and the tip of the Mississippi River. “Historical examples that reached the Category 5 status and made landfall as such include the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, the 1959 Mexico Hurricane, Camille in 1969, and Gilbert in 1988, Andrew in 1992, Dean, and Felix (Both 2007). Sustained winds greater than 155 mph, greater than 135 kt, or greater than 249 km/hr” (United States Coast Guard, n.d.) People around the world will reflect on the devastating impact that Hurricane Katrina had on New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region. New Orleans, Louisiana was the most damaged city after Hurricane Katrina.
When Hugo landed directly in South Carolina, Charleston and Myrtle Beach sustained significant damage from storm surge; the impact was severe. Katrina’s wrath primarily affected New Orleans, causing massive flooding in the city. This catastrophic event nearly destroyed New Orleans, and is responsible for an estimated 80 billion dollars in damages. What makes these two hurricanes strikingly different, however, is the extent of their aftermath. These differences are portrayed clearly through the lack of preparation the government and its citizens displayed when faced with the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
“It’s amazing how our life can change from one day to another and Mother of Nature is one of them. Hurricane Katrina a category 4 hurricane struck the Gulf Coast of the United States on August 29, 2005, causing death and destruction in New Orleans. Katrina will be remembered by all victims in New Orleans and around the world.” Hurricane Katrina was declared the costliest and most destructive natural disaster in history, because of the strong winds and storm causing destruction of many towns and communities for more than a million people. (History.com Staff). Hurricane Katrina a catastrophe that changed lives of many peoples, people were left without food and water for days.
Lives have been taken. Homes have been destroyed. None other than Hurricane Irma has caused this destruction. Hurricane Irma first touched down on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, making history, as it was the second hurricane in the past two weeks. It was classified as a category five hurricane, making it extremely dangerous to those in its path.
Before hitting New Orleans, Katrina hit South Florida and then the Gulf Coast. Before Katrina struck land, a state of emergency was declared and mandatory evacuations were issued. Katrina was the most destructive and costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States and the deadliest since 1928. Over 1,400 people died and almost 2,000 people are still unaccounted for. A major problem caused by Katrina was flooding.
Introduction “Katrina was the most anticipated natural disaster in American history and still government managed to fail at every level.” New York Times journalist David Brooks Hurricane Katrina was one of the strongest storms to impact the coast of the United States during the last 100 years (Waple). Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Monday, August 29, 2005 as a Category 4 storm with wind speeds around 145 mph and a predicated coastal storm surge of up to 28 feet (Waple). Katrina caused widespread devastation along the central Gulf Coast states of the US cities such as New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL, and Gulfport, MS. What happen after landfall has been widely covered by the news media, researchers, the government, etc. Hurricane Katrina was the “largest physical disaster this nation has suffered in modern history.” Due to this no other national disaster can serve as a standard for measuring the effectiveness of the national effort. An example is the terrorist attacks of September 11.