19 Facts About Hurricane Katrina

1. 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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2. 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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3. The total damage from Hurricane Katrina is estimated at $125 billion.

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4. Death toll from Hurricane Katrina is uncertain, with reports differing by hundreds.

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5. 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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6. 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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7. Hurricane Katrina brought strong winds to Mississippi, which caused significant tree damage throughout the state.

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

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

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11. The total loss to the forestry industry from Hurricane Katrina is calculated to rise to about $5 billion.

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12. This, along with the canals built in the area, let Hurricane Katrina keep more of its intensity when it struck.

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

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14. 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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15. 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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16. Destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina raised other, more general public policy issues about emergency management, environmental policy, poverty, and unemployment.

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17. The organization's immediate response to Hurricane Katrina included more than 5.7 million hot meals and about 8.3 million sandwiches, snacks, and drinks served in and around New Orleans.

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18. 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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19. 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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