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Katrina is the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane 2005 season but the first to hit U.S. shores in August.
New Orleans, the Nationís thirty-fifth largest city was destroyed. Towns and cities, small and large, were destroyed or heavily damaged up and down the Gulf Coast and miles inland. From Morgan City, Louisiana, to Biloxi, Mississippi, to Mobile, Alabama, Hurricane Katrinaís wind, rain, and storm surge demolished homes and businesses.
Tropical Storm Katrina formed Wednesday morning (August 24,2005), in the Bahamas and moved toward Bahamas Island knocking out power in some areas of the Bahamas Island and shuting down the Bahmas Island Airports.
August 25, 2005, Thursday evening, Katrina's center was located just a few miles east-northeast of Fort Lauderdale Flordia and was moving west with sustained winds 75 miles per hour with higher gusts. Katrina ranked at the bottom of the hurricane intensity scale at this time. ( Saffir-Simpson scale).
Katrina carried top sustained winds of 80 mph when its eye came ashore between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and early Friday (August 26,2005), Katrina had weakened into a tropical storm with top sustained winds of 70 mph at this point four people were dead.
Work its way across the Gulf of Mexico, making a northern turn and and moved toward Mississippi and Louisiana and intensified Sunday (August 28,2005) to a Category 5 storm. The last time Mississippi and Louisiana was hit by a major hurricane was in 1969 (Hurricane Camille strikes Mississippi coast as only the second category five hurricane recorded in US history. She leaves 260 dead in her wake).
Many left New Orleans Sunday (August 28,2005) in the early part of the day and by midday Sunday Highways in Mississippi and Louisiana were jammed as people headed away and many people went to the New Orleans Superdome.
Hurricane Katrina makes landfall for the second time August 29, 2005 09:31 as a category 4 hurricane and overwhelm Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Katrina weakened as it moved inland to the north-northeast but was still a strong hurricane.
"It's too dangerous to come home," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said at a news conference in Baton Rouge.
On Tuesday, August 30, 2005, the storm was situated over the Tennessee valley. At this time Katrina was weakening and no longer classified as a hurricane, and would soon become an extratropical depression. In Louisiana and Mississipppi rescue personnal check for stranded victims and medical disaster assistance teams from acrooss the country were deployed. Federal officials urging those who want to help to donate money.
"We are dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history. This recovery will take years," President Bush said Wednesday (August 31,2005) after flying over the devastated region.
President efforts are now focused on three priorities:
Saturday, September 03, 2005. The Last of thousands of evacuees from the Superdome and convention center en route to shelters in Houston and other cities.
(Monday September 05,2005) One week later after Hurricane Katrina makes landfall. Louisiana officials urged the hundreds of thousands of people in the state who fled Hurricane Katrina to stay put.
New Orleans police forcus their attention on the people who refuse to leave in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mayor C. Ray Nagin ordered law officers and the military late Tuesday (09/06/2005) to evacuate all holdouts and force will be used if necessary. He warned that the risk of disease and fire make New Orleans too dangerous of a city for the holdouts. Armed police walk door to door and plead with refugees to evacuate New Orleans, but many survivors are refusing to leave their homes.
The latest EPA tests confirmed Wednesday ( August 07,2005 ) that the amount of sewage-related bacteria in the floodwaters is at least 10 times higher than acceptable safety levels
September 8, 1900 A devastating hurricane strikes Galveston resulting in over 8000 deaths (or perhaps as many as 12,000). Now September 8, 2005, 105 years later and thousands feared dead in New Orleans and in Mississippi and bodies are starting to pile up. This could be the the nation's deadliest hurricane.
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