When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the storm surge resulted in massive flooding throughout the city, stranding many of the residents who failed or refused to evacuate. Many of them took shelter in the Superdome, Looting and supply problems plagued New Orleans, and over the next few days, most of the survivors were evacuated to other cities. The storm caused over $81 billion in damage to New Orleans.
While 80 to 90 percent of the city's residents evacuated before the hurricane, a number refused or were unable to flee New Orleans. The resulting flooding killed nearly 1,500 people and left survivors stranded atop their homes or in upper floors of buildings. Many residents sought refuge in the Superdome before the storm, and it became the city's largest shelter during Katrina's aftermath. When conditions deteriorated inside the stadium, the government evacuated the 25,000 refugees remaining there to the Houston Astrodome.
The high flood waters caused massive structural damage throughout the city, and many structures were demolished due to the potentially hazardous mold the damp conditions left behind. Many who evacuated the city never returned, and those who did found a city struggling to rebuild. The city spent the next several years re-establishing its economy and recapturing the tourist trade it lost after the devastating hurricane.Learn More
A flash flood is a sudden flood in a low-lying area, most commonly caused by periods of particularly heavy rainfall. They can also occur when a dam breaks or a river overruns its banks. Flash floods generally occur over a period of 6 hours or less.Full Answer >
Thunderstorms occur most often throughout the western and southeastern United States and along the Gulf Coast. They can form all throughout the year and at any hour during the day, but are more common during the summer and spring. The majority of thunderstorms in the Plains states develop during the afternoon, but regularly occur late in the afternoon and during nighttime hours.Full Answer >
There are two major tornado seasons in Kansas: the first season begins in early May and ends in late June, and the second season starts in November.Full Answer >
The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 occurred due to the confluence of multiple meteorological conditions. An eastward moving low pressure system pushed a warm front northward, while a cold front simultaneously approached from the southwest. This created a large draw of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico into the tri-state region of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. These conditions coupled with an accelerated jet stream triggered the event.Full Answer >