Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary

Posted by on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and many other areas in Eastern North America.

The storm formed on August 23, 2005 and dissipated on August 31, 2005.

Katrina was the eleventh named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. There were a total of 1,833 fatalities.

The highest wind speed was 280 km/h and lowest pressure was 902 mb. The storm became a Category 5 Hurricane.

New Orleans was the hardest hit area. Mayor Ray Nagin did not order a mandatory evacuation of the city until August 28, 2005.

10,000 people were forced to seek shelter at the Louisiana Superdome which had been prepared to accommodate only 800. Eventually, 30,000 arrived at the Superdome before they were evacuated.

80% of the city of New Orleans was flooded by Hurricane Katrina, with some parts of the city under 6.1 meters of water. 
Many evacuees were trapped in flooded houses and rooftops waiting to be rescued.

The Superdome sustained significant damage and much of the dome's waterproof membrane had essentially been peeled off

 On August 30, Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco ordered the complete evacuation of the remaining people that sought shelter in the Superdome.



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