On Aug. 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina first surfaced as a tropical depression over the Bahamas. Over the course of two days, it became a tropical storm and made landfall as a category one hurricane between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Hurricane Katrina spent less than eight hours over Florida with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and rainfall totals of 5 inches reported in some areas. The hurricane intensified when it reached the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. On Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina made landfall for a second time near the Louisiana-Mississippi border. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath claimed over 1,800 lives and is ranked as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.Learn More
Hurricane Katrina struck the United States during the early morning hours of Aug. 23, 2005. The hurricane led to hundreds of thousands of people evacuating the affected area. When it was over, the hurricane had caused over $100 billion worth of damage to the Gulf Coast area.Full Answer >
The states that were directly hit by Hurricane Katrina were Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Many surrounding states were indirectly affected by the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina; however, this was because evacuees from the affected states looked for refuge in these areas. Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia suffered from major flooding due to Katrina.Full Answer >
Hurricane Katrina reached the United States on Aug. 29, 2005. The category 3 hurricane was 400 miles wide and had sustained winds between 100 and 140 miles per hour. The storm impacted 90,000 square miles of land within the United States.Full Answer >
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. When it hit the city, it was a category 3 storm, with winds moving between 100 and 140 miles per hour.Full Answer >