Katrina - Lessons Learned
Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the deadliest
hurricanes in the history of the United States. It was the
sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest
landfalling U.S. hurricane ever recorded.
Katrina formed in late August during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane
season and devastated much of the north-central Gulf Coast
of the United States. Most notable in media coverage were
the catastrophic effects on the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Katrina's sheer size devastated the Gulf Coast over 100 miles
away from its center.
The storm surge caused severe or catastrophic damage along
the coastlines of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, including
the cities of Mobile Alabama, Biloxi and Gulfport Mississippi,
and Slidell Louisiana.
Levees separating Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne from
New Orleans were breached by the surge, ultimately flooding
80% of the city and many areas of neighboring parishes. Severe
wind damage was reported well inland.
The government's response to Katrina was highly criticized,
and a commitee was commissioned to determine how the government
could have responded better.
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Hurricane Katrina formed as Tropical Depression
Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005 as
the result of an interaction of a tropical wave and the remains
of Tropical Depression Ten. The system was upgraded to tropical
storm status on the morning of August 24 and at this point,
the storm was given the name Katrina.
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