25 Facts About Hurricane Katrina


Hurricane Katrina was a destructive Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that caused over 1, 800 fatalities and $125 billion in damage in late August 2005, especially in the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

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Hurricane Katrina originated on August 23, 2005, as a tropical depression from the merger of a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten.

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Hurricane Katrina was the earliest 11th named storm on record before being surpassed by Tropical Storm Kyle on August 14, 2020.

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The name Hurricane Katrina was officially retired on April 2006, by the World Meteorological Organization.

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Hurricane Katrina originated from the merger of a tropical wave and the mid-level remnants of Tropical Depression Ten on August 19, 2005, near the Lesser Antilles.

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Thereafter, Katrina rapidly intensified over the "unusually warm" waters of the Loop Current, from a Category 3 hurricane to a Category 5 hurricane in just nine hours.

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The second came as the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed, westerly winds pushed water into a bottleneck at the Rigolets Pass, forcing it farther inland.

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Hurricane Katrina traveled up the entire state; as a result, all 82 counties in Mississippi were declared disaster areas for federal assistance, 47 for full assistance.

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Hurricane Katrina brought strong winds to Mississippi, which caused significant tree damage throughout the state.

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Hurricane Katrina's surge was the most extensive, as well as the highest, in the documented history of the United States; large portions of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties were inundated by the storm surge, in all three cases affecting most of the populated areas.

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Hurricane Katrina caused a number of power outages in many areas, with over 100, 000 customers affected in Tennessee, primarily in the Memphis and Nashville areas.

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In Kentucky, rainfall from Hurricane Katrina compounded flooding from a storm that had moved through during the previous weekend.

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Hurricane Katrina spawned five tornadoes in Pennsylvania, though none resulted in significant damage.

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Hurricane Katrina displaced over one million people from the central Gulf coast to elsewhere across the United States, becoming the largest diaspora in the history of the United States.

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Damage from Hurricane Katrina forced the closure of 16 National Wildlife Refuges.

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Hurricane Katrina produced massive tree loss along the Gulf Coast, particularly in Louisiana's Pearl River Basin and among bottomland hardwood forests.

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Some disaster relief response to Hurricane Katrina began before the storm, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency preparations that ranged from logistical supply deployments to a mortuary team with refrigerated trucks.

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Criticisms of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina primarily consisted of criticism of mismanagement and lack of leadership in the relief efforts in response to the storm and its aftermath.

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Destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina raised other, more general public policy issues about emergency management, environmental policy, poverty, and unemployment.

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Hurricane Katrina was the first natural disaster in the United States in which the American Red Cross utilized its "Safe and Well" family location website.

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All of the major studies in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina concluded that the USACE was responsible for the failure of the levees.

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Exactly ten years after Katrina, J David Rogers, lead author of a new report in the official journal of the World Water Council, concluded that the flooding during Katrina "could have been prevented had the corps retained an external review board to double-check its flood-wall designs.

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Many representatives of the news media reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina became directly involved in the unfolding events, instead of simply reporting.

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Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, WWL-AM was one of the few area radio stations in the area remaining on the air.

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Hurricane Katrina was the earliest eleventh named storm in the Atlantic until Tropical Storm Kyle surpassed it on August 14, 2020, beating Hurricane Katrina by 10 days, as it was named on August 24, 2005.

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