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
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.
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.
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
What was the timeline of Hurricane Katrina (start to finish)?
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
What caused Hurricane
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.
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 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.
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.
What type of fraud happened after Katrina and how much did it
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.