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I have provided a brief synopsis of the tragic events caused by Hurricane Katrina in a question and answer format.  I hope these explanations will give you valuable insight into Hurricane Katrina and the situations it has caused. Please realize that the numbers associated with Hurricane Katrina (such as Death Toll, Cost, etc) change as time passes. If you see any information which needs to be updated, please contact me ASAP so I can make necessary changes. I will do my very best to keep the information as up to date and accurate as possible.

 

1. What date did Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast?
2. How many people were affected by Hurricane Katrina?
3. What states were affected by Hurricane Katrina?
4. How many jobs were lost because of Hurricane Katrina?
5. What is the death toll of Hurricane Katrina?
6. What is a levee?
7. Why did the levees break in New Orleans?
8. Are the levees fixed to withstand a new hurricane?
9. What was the timeline of Hurricane Katrina (start to finish)?
10. How many people are still missing from Hurricane Katrina?
11. What caused Hurricane Katrina?
12. What category hurricane was Katrina?
13. How many pets were lost during Katrina?
14. How many homes were lost during Katrina?
15. What was the total cost of Hurricane Katrina?
16. What was the highest wind speed of Hurricane Katrina?
17. What is a storm surge?
18. How high was the Hurricane Katrina storm surge?
19. How far inland did the storm surge travel?
20. What type of fraud happened after Katrina?
21.
Where can I find statistics and articles about Hurricane Katrina?

What date did Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast?
Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005 at 8:00 a.m.
 
How many people were affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Over 15 million people were affected by Katrina whether it was due to the economy, evacuations, gas prices, or even drinking water.
 
What states were affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Seven states were affected by Hurricane Katrina including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  In addition to these Kentucky and Ohio were also affected due to floods on the Mississippi River. The most damage occurred in
Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
 
How many jobs were lost because of Hurricane Katrina?
An estimated 400,000 jobs were lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina sending the Gulf Coast into a financial crisis.
 
What is the death toll of Hurricane Katrina?
The final death toll of Hurricane Katrina was 1,836 people, which made it the third deadliest hurricane in US history.
 
What is a levee?
A levee is an embankment made to withstand the overflow of water in case of a flood from a river.
 
Why did the levees break in New Orleans?
On the contrary of what you might have heard, the levees did not break in New Orleans. The levees were actually able to withstand the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina.  What happened was that the levees were replaced in some areas of the city with a wall approximately 2 feet thick that fell during there hurricane.  These walls were built in order to widen the canal, but they could not withstand Katrina’s storm surge.  Therefore, it was the replacement walls that broke, NOT the levees.
 
Are the levees fixed to withstand a new hurricane?
The current levees in New Orleans are undergoing an extensive rebuilding plan.  While some walls are being created to reinforce the current levees, other new levees are being created to withstand future hurricanes.  The new levees that are being constructed are said to easily handle future hurricanes just like Katrina.
 
What was the timeline of Hurricane Katrina (start to finish)?
On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 a storm located near the south of the Bahamas called Tropical Depression Ten reacted with a tropical wave creating an intense tropical storm. On Wednesday, August 24, 2005, a tropical storm rising in the Caribbean was named Katrina. On Thursday, August 25, a day later, the tropical storm grew to the size of a hurricane.  Later that day, Katrina made the shore of the east coast of Florida killing four people and leaving about 1,000,000 Floridians without power. The storm was expected to hit the Florida panhandle next, while it was traveling at tremendous speed through the eastern Gulf of Mexico. On Friday, August 26, Katrina had grown from a category 1 hurricane (the least intense) to a category 2, and it had doubled in size from Wednesday. Later that day, the next projected landfall of Katrina was to the left of the Florida panhandle, planning to hit Mississippi and Alabama. On Saturday, August 27, Katrina grew to a category 3 hurricane in the middle of the night.  The path of the hurricane switched and was projected to hit New Orleans. On Sunday, August 28, Katrina was upgraded to a category 4 hurricane during the night, with winds that exceeding 145 mph. That morning Katrina grew to a category 5, which is the most catastrophic of all hurricanes. On Monday, August 29, 2005 Katrina made landfall in Mississippi and Louisiana where levees were being breached and the city began to flood.
 
How many people are still missing after Hurricane Katrina?
Unfortunately, 705 people are reported as still missing as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
 
What caused Hurricane Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina was caused by the interaction of a dissipating storm south of the Bahamas known as Tropical Depression Ten and another tropical wave.  This reaction created a tropical storm on
August 23, 2005.
 
What category hurricane was Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina reached a category 5 on Sunday August 28, 2005 being the strongest category for any hurricane. I hit land as a category 4 or very strong category 3 hurricane.
 
How many pets were lost during Katrina?
Roughly 600,000 pets were killed or were left without a home as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  Many pets lost their lives due to the immense weather, and others could not be taken into safety shelters so they were unfortunately left stranded.
 
How many homes were lost during Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina was responsible for demolishing many homes along the Gulf Coast.  It has been reported that 275,000 homes were lost as a result of the hurricane, which is ten times as many as any other natural disaster in US history.
 
What was the total cost of Hurricane Katrina?
Hurricane Katrina cost the United States an estimated $110 billion in damages, which made it the costliest hurricane ever in US history.
 
What was the highest wind speed of Hurricane Katrina?
The wind speed of Hurricane Katrina reached 175mph at 1:00 p.m. on August 28 which made it the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the sixth strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.
 
What is a storm surge?
A storm surge is a rise of the sea level along the coast caused by onshore winds.
 
How high was the Katrina storm surge?
Hurricane Katrina had an average 12 foot devastating storm surge. The storm surge in New Orleans reached 22 feet, but the highest recorded was 27 feet in Mississippi.
 
How far inland did the storm surge travel?
The Katrina storm surge was recorded traveling up to 12 miles inland in Mississippi.
 
What type of fraud happened after Katrina and how much did it cost?
The United States government gave out a reported $1.4 billion as fake assistance to hurricane Katrina Victims, who used the money clandestinely. Federal investigators found out that men and women were using donation assistance for their personal life such as football season tickets and even long vacations.
 

Where can I find statistics and articles about Hurricane Katrina?
Statistics and articles about Hurricane Katrina can be found in many books and web sites. I suggest using wilkipedia.org, fema.gov, hurricane-katrina.org and any other site that may be linked to from my website.

 

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