Hurricane Katrina

Having killed more then 1,836 people and causing $100 billion preliminary damage, Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane of 2005 and one of the five deadliest in United States history.

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When was Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina first formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005. On August 29 it hit New Orleans in southeast Louisiana before moving along the Gulf Coast.

It killed: 2 people in Alabama,14 people in Florida,2 people in Georgia,1 person in Kentucky,2 in people in Ohio,238 in Mississippi, and 1,577 people in Louisiana. That is a total of 1,836 dead, and 705 missing.

What land did Hurricane Katrina destroy?

Bahamas, south Florida, Cuba, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida panhandle

Did Hurricane Katrina affect Mobile Alabama?

Yes, parts of mobile flooded and there was a lot of damage from storm surge, wind, power outages, and downed trees. Many people lost their homes or place of residence, apartments flooded in the storm surge too. The Red Cross and Fema had shelter locations in Mobile for residents and displaced people from Mississippi and Louisiana. Additionally, many residents lost their roofs or part of their roofs during the storm and had water damage to their homes from Katrina, and also from Rita if they were unable to get repairs done before the end of September. Mold damage from flooding and roof loss was a problem that was made worse by the extended loss of power. As a side note many residents in Mobile had food stored in their freezers to last them for up to a year. In the extended power outages they lost all of their food.

Can you prove that Federalism works?

Yes… even though no form of government out there is perfect. Federalism has kept this country together, plus there are many national programs out that that benefit all states. If the USA was (con) federat states would be more aggressive, because the nation would not be able to stop arguments as easy.

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What caused Hurricane Katrina?

As with all tropical systems, Hurricane Katrina initially started as a disturbance in the pressure field of the tropics. It was gradually able to get itself organized in the vicinity of the Bahamas due to a favorable environment that included warm sea surface temperatures and minimal wind shear. It further developed into a tropical depression, and then rapidly strengthened into a tropical storm and a hurricane. as it was lifted to the northwest towards Florida by the upper-level steering winds.

Many hurricanes form every year in the tropical oceans, and several achieve strength and size greater than that of Katrina. It should be clear that these are naturally-occurring storms, and Katrina was no different in its behavior - it just happened to hit a highly-populated city, which has long been identified as being vulnerable to hurricanes. It is possible that anthropogenic global warming may have enhanced it somewhat, but there is no way to make this determination. Whether it did or did not, New Orleans should have been prepared for a hurricane of this magnitude (it was only a category 3 when it made landfall) for a long time, and the government response was lacking.

How many people were killed by Hurricane Katrina?

At least 1,836 people lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest US hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane.

It should be noted that officially, 1464 of these deaths took place within New Orleans.

What damage did hurricane Katrina do?

Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage throughout the Gulf Coast and became the costliest hurricane to hit The United States at an estimated $81 billion.

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Where do hurricanes start?

The violent storms known as hurricanes in the Americas, cyclones in the Pacific and typhoons in Asia form out at sea, usually tropical seas, where water temperatures exceed 26.5 degrees Celsius. They then follow the warm water currents.

How did Hurricane Katrina get its name?

Hurricanes and tropical storms in each year are named alphabetically with names of alternating gender. For example, the first three named storms of 2005 Arlene, Bret, and Cindy. Names are repeated every six years unless a storm is particularly bad, in which case the name is retired.

As it happened Katrina was the 11th storm in the Atlantic basin to reach tropical storm intensity (the point at which a storm is named) and Katrina was the 11th name for Atlantic hurricanes/tropical storms in 2005. Now the name Katrina will be retired from the list and replaced with another. Hurricane Katrina of 2005 will be remembered throughout the years.

How do people adapt to live with Hurricane Katrina?

they just live with it . i actually went through it. its weather you can't do anything about it . u just get used to it the weather and everithing ,you know you do the best to prepare your house for it . i sometimes think that God actually let the US go through the hurricane, to strenghen us , i mean it actually did in a way, george bush sent the military as soon as he could to help the people . i taught the us something. you help each other. and to turn away from our wickedness. one nation under God .hope i helped.

How much damage did Hurricane Katrina do?

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 Hurricane at landfall so it devastated the entire city of New Orleans and caused destruction across the entire Mississippi coast. People were boating out of the city and stuck on the roofs of there homes. It caused $105 billion in damage and killed more than 1,800 people. Even though it happened 7 years ago, the people of New Orleans are still cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina.

What was the worst hurricane that hit Florida?

1926 Miami: The blow that broke the boomThe 1926 storm was described by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Miami as "probably the most destructive hurricane ever to strike the United States." It hit Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Hollywood, Hallandale and Miami. The death toll is estimated to be from 325 to perhaps as many as 800.

Hurricanes are classified into five categories, based on their wind speeds and potential to cause damage.:: Category 1: Winds 74-95 miles per hour Category 2: Winds 96-110 miles per hourCategory 3: Winds 111-130 miles per hourCategory 4: Winds 131-155 miles per hourCategory 5: Winds greater than 155 miles per hour

What and where was the worst hurricane?

There are different ways to define the "worst hurricane".

Hurricane Katrina, which hit the USA in 2005, caused the largest amount of damage in monetary terms, with the cost amounting to $81.2 billion in 2005 figures.

The most intense hurricane in terms of pressure was Hurricane Wilma, in 2005. Wilma reached wind speeds of 175 mph, or 295 kph, and caused $29.1 billion USD in 2005 figures. The minimum pressure pressure was 882 millibars at one point.

The strongest hurricane in terms of wind speed was Hurricane Allen in 1980 with sustained winds of 190 mph (305 km/h). The storm killed 269 people and cost $1.64 billion.

However, the worst hurricane to hit the USA, in terms of death toll, was the one that hit Galveston in 1900. The closest official estimate for the total deaths is around 8,000, but unofficial estimates suggest the toll could have been as high as 12,000.

A lesser-known, unnamed hurricane in 1780 caused the highest death toll ever (not counting typhoons, which are cyclones or hurricanes found in Asian waters). The Great Hurricane of 1780 hit Barbados first on 10 October 1780. 4,000 people were killed on the first day. In the next three days, the Caribbean islands of Martinique and St Eustatius were also hit. Being the middle of the American Revolution, many, many naval personnel were killed when American, British and French fleets were destroyed. It is estimated that around 22,000 people in total died, although the figure could be as high as 30,000.

The worst tropical storm ever (strictly speaking, not a hurricane because it occurred in Asian seas) was the 1970 Bhola Cyclone which killed over 300,000 people in the Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, on 30 November 1970.

What category of hurricane was Katrina?

While in the Gulf of Mexico, Katrina achieved strong category 5 status with maximum sustained winds of 175mph (280km/hr). However, she weakened before landfall in southeastern Louisiana: during its first landfall here, maximum sustained winds were 125 mph (category 3), down to 120 mph (still category 3) while making landfall near the LA/MS border.

What is the definition of a hurricane?

A hurricane is a severe tropical cyclone. In order to be a hurricane, the wind speeds must reach at least 74 mph (119 km). Category 5 hurricanes reach winds 156+ mph (251+ km). They generate copious rain, which can cause flooding, and the possibility of tornadoes when they near landfall.Hurricanes only form over warm seas, where the temperature is from 16°C to 27°C . This is the reason why they normally form only in the tropics. Rising hot air from the surface powers rapid air movement, which is extremely powerful as it swirls around in an anti-clockwise direction. The flow increases the drop of pressure within the storm. Rain, high winds, hail, and tornadoes are found in the clouds around the hurricane. The center (eye) of the storm is almost always clear of this activity. Tropical storms may reach a width of 80km to 650km.A powerful cyclonic storm that normally originates between the coast of Africa and the islands of the Caribbean Sea, but can form anywhere in the North Atlantic basin. Such cyclones are also called hurricanes in the eastern Pacific, but named "typhoons" in the West Pacific and Asia.A hurricane is a natural phenomenon that transfers excess heat from the tropics to the upper latitudes. The normal year-round process is by moist airflow, and only forms these extreme systems under specific circumstances.

A hurricane is a name given to a tropical cyclone. This massive atmospheric disturbance is centered on a large low pressure area, and circulating air masses will spawn thunderstorms that have strong winds and heavy rain. Links can be found below.

Origin of the Name
"Hurricane" is from the New World Spanish huracán.
The Taino Indian hurakán (evil spirit) may have originated with the Mayan language "Huraken" (God of Storms or bad weather).
A hurricane is a storm with violent winds that are equal to or exceed 74 miles per hour.

What do the red X's on the doors in New Orleans mean from Hurricane Katrina?

It means it has been checked for bodies. They write the date, the time and who that has checked the house and the number of bodies found.

Where did Hurricane Katrina hit?

The hurricane hit the southeast United States, but caused the most damage to New Orleans, since the city is below sea level.

Hurricane Katrina made three landfalls in the US. The first was in southeast Florida as a Category One. The second was near the mouth of the Mississippi River (Category 3 or 4), and the last around Waveland, Mississippi as a Strong Category 3.

Some levees in New Orleans (proper) didn't falter until the storm was well inland. Mississippi suffered as much catastrophic damage from Katrina as eastern New Orleans, with houses washed away for hundreds of yards from the shore. Mississippi was in the Northeast quadrant of the storm,which is the most dangerous quadrant for winds and tornadoes. In Waveland, MS there were Category 3 winds and a high storm surge inundating areas south of Highway 90 and Interstate 10 for about 5 or 6 hours, but the water receded rather quickly because the area is above sea level.

To clarify:

New Orleans' Ninth Ward received the most damage, which was due to flooding caused by the levee breaking. But the Mississippi gulf coast received the most storm (wind) damage. The damage from the initial hit in southern Florida was comparatively minor.