Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Posted by on Monday, August 29, 2016

Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh named storm and the fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.

The storm will go down in history as the costliest natural disaster to date, $108 billion, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States with 1,245–1,836 fatalities.

Katrina's highest recorded wind speed was a whopping 280 km/h.

The storm formed on August 23, 2005, and dissipated on August 31, 2005. At its peak, it was a category 5 hurricane.

Louisiana was the hardest hit area of the United States, New Orleans in particular. The track was considered a potential catastrophe because some parts of New Orleans and the metro area are below sea level. Since the storm surge produced by the hurricane's right-front quadrant (containing the strongest winds) was forecast to be 8.5 m, emergency management officials in New Orleans feared that the storm surge could go over the tops of levees protecting the city, causing major flooding.

On August 29, Katrina's storm surge caused 53 different breaches to various flood protection structures in and around the greater New Orleans area, submerging eighty percent of the city.

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