Hurricane Katrina Facts...a True Weather Phenomenon
What are some interesting weather facts about Hurricane Katrina? Homework and School help on this Event
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Hurricane Katrina was the most powerful and damaging weather disaster to hit the United States in recent memory. No one will ever forget what the storm did to New Orleans, or to the states of Alabama and Mississippi. Although it weakened before it made landfall, it was still powerful, and it broke many weather records before it made landfall as well.
So what are some well known weather facts (and facts maybe unknown to you) about this historic weather system? Some Hurricane Katrina facts for you:
- Katrina caused over 75 billion dollars in damage and this made it the costliest hurricane in US history.
- The storm killed over 1,800 people.
- The storm hurt the economy badly in the gulf region with thousands of jobs being lost.
- It was the sixth strongest hurricane ever recorded in weather history and third strongest to hit the US.
- The highest storm surge height was recorded to be 27.8 ft. (at Pass Christian, MS)
- Over a million Gulf residents were forced to move and relocate because of the damage the storm caused.
- Many places in New Orleans, specifically the 9th Ward, were flooded with up to 20ft of water due to poor levee design, and the levees failing.
- Not only was Katrina the 11th named storm of the 2005 season, but it was the fifth storm, the third MAJOR one, and second cat 5 of the season. 2005 was quite busy year with named storms going beyond the list of names into the Greek alphabet. It was a crazy year for weather.
- The storm affected an area nearly 90,000 square miles. Katrina first made landfall in Florida as a category 1 storm (just barely). It's second landfall was in Louisiana.
- Even five years later, people who have been displaced by the storm were still living in temporary facilities.
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