Hurricane Katrina~
Timeline Of Events


Levee Break

August 28~ The Evacuation

     As Hurricane Katrina strengthened to a Category 5 monster and threatened New Orleans, it was feared the "Doomsday Scenario" that emergency officials had warned of for years was about to unfold. On August 28, 2005, Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the unprecedented mandatory evacuation of the entire city of New Orleans. Over 400,000 people clogged the major interstates in a mad scramble to get out of harm's way less than 24 hours before Katrina made landfall

Evacuation Evacuation

August 29~ The Storm Strikes

     The eye of Hurricane Katrina made landfall over extreme Southeastern Louisiana around 6:00am on August 29 with winds of 140mph. By 9am, the storm was centered just to the east of New Orleans, bringing hurricane-force winds in excess of 100mph into the city. The hurricane continued moving north and made its final landfall on the Louisiana-Mississippi border with winds now down to 125-130mph. A massive storm surge, estimated between 25-30 feet, roared across the Mississippi coast, obliterating entire towns, putting much of the Gulf coast as far east as Pensacola, Florida under water.

Landfall Path Canal Street
Canal Street, New Orleans~ Shortly after the passage of Hurricane Katrina

French Quarter
"The French Quarter" of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Flooding was severe in Slidell, Louisiana in Katrina's aftermath

Storm damage in Gulfport, Mississippi was severe

Residents who did not evacuate found themselves struggling against massive storm-surge flooding in Gulfport, Mississippi

The storm surge pushed up to 10 feet of water into downtown Mobile, Alabama

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