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Hurricane Katrina: Causes, Effects, And Aftermath

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Every year many natural disasters happen around the world. In New Orleans, and several other states, a devastating hurricane struck. High speed winds and major flooding caused many people to lose their homes and even their lives. Many people have heard of hurricane Katrina, but not everybody knows what caused it and the affect it had on the United States.
On early morning of August 29th, 2005 on the Gulf Shore near New Orleans, a devastating hurricane struck. It wrecked havoc, demolishing anything in its path. Leaving nothing but mounds of trash. The surviving people were forced to leave due to massive flooding and the destruction of their homes. New Orleans was not the only place hit by Katrina but it was one of the areas that was hit the hardest. Millions of people were affected by this tragedy and the cost range was up in the billions. Crime rates went up, no one had a place to stay and water was polluted. The damage done by Katrina affected New Orleans and the other areas hit years after it struck. Restoration for the areas hit was going to need support from all of America and support groups across the country. No one was ready for this tragedy or could ever predict the horrible outcome.
Hurricanes are powerful and destructive storms that involve great rain and wind. The United States of America has dealt with many hurricanes that have cost a great amount of damage. However, there is one hurricane that happened in 2005 that stands out among the others, Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States, a category 5 on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale. An estimated 1836 people died because of the hurricane and the floodings that happened after (Zimmermann 1). Katrina initially began forming over the Bahamas on August 23rd, as a tropical depression. Storm clouds began to wrap around the storms center. When it reached southern Florida it was a category 1 hurricane. Once it was over water again, it gained strength rapidly (Zimmermann 1).It re-intensified into a hurricane on august 26 and became a category 5 hurricane on the 28th with wind speeds of 175 mph. The storm made its way to the Louisiana coast then lost strength and became a category 3 storm before it arrived at the Louisiana and Mississippi border again on early August 29th (Zimmermann 1). Seven states were affected by Katrina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Ohio and Kentucky were affected due to floods in the Mississippi river. The most damage happened in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Hurricane Katrina hit many places in the United States, but some were impacted more than others. One of the first places hit by Hurricane Katrina was Southern Florida. Katrina hit Florida as a category 1 Hurricane. Florida's estimated damage is between $1 billion and $2 billion. It left little damage compared to the other areas hit, knocking trees over, 14 deaths, and leaving more than 1 million homes and businesses without...

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