Hurricane Katrina~ Overview

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Katrina

     Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, far surpassing the $25 Billion in damage caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Early estimates of the total damage inflicted by Katrina have approached $150-$200 Billion. The death toll from this hurricane was enormous and by November, 2005 the number stood at 1,322. Katrina was the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee storm and shocked the nation where high death tolls from hurricanes were thought to be a thing of the past with the advanced warning systems we now have.

     The severely bungled relief effort resulted in the resignation of FEMA director, Michael Brown, and brought President Bush's approval rating to the lowest level of his presidency. The disaster wrought by Katrina in New Orleans had been long predicted by scientists and engineers, and it was felt by the public that much more should have been done in preparing for such an eventuality. Congressional hearings were ordered to investigate exactly what went wrong and how to prevent another such tragedy in the future.

rankHomes Damaged

The following are a series of graphic illustrations that appeared in the "Times Picayune" (New Orleans' main newspaper) shortly after Katrina's passage, depicting the hurricane's effects on the Gulf Coast .

Aftermath

Assistance

New Levee Breaks

Flood Depth

The Rising Death Toll

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Below is a chart that documents the rising death toll in the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina sorted by state.

Date        La       Ms       Al      Ga    Fl      Tn      Total
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9/08       118      204       2       2       11       0       337
9/11       197       211       2       2       11       0       423
9/12       279       218       2       2       11       0       512
9/13       423       218       2       2       14       0       659
9/14       474       218       2       2       14       1       711
9/15       558       218       2       2       14       1       795
9/16       579       218       2       2       14       1       816
9/17       646       219       2       2       14       1       883
9/19       736       219       2       2       14       1       974
  9/21       801       219       2       2       14       1       1039
  9/22       832       219       2       2       14       1       1070
  9/23       841       219       2       2       14       1       1079
  9/26       864       219       2       2       14       1       1102
  9/27       885       219       2       2       14       1       1123
  9/28       896       219       2       2       14       1       1134
  9/29       923       220       2       2       14       1       1162
  9/30       932       221       2       2       14       1       1172
  10/03     964       221       2       2       14       1       1204
  10/04     972       221       2       2       14       1       1212
  10/05     976       221       2       2       14       1       1216
  10/06     988       221       2       2       14       1       1228
  10/07     1003     221       2       2       14       1       1243
  10/11     1021     221       2       2       14       1       1261
  10/12     1025     221       2       2       14       1       1265
  10/14     1035     221       2       2       14       1       1275
  11/16     1056     227       2       2       14       1       1302
  11/18     1076     230       2       2       14       1       1325

Katrina Wind Gusts
Highest wind gusts estimated with Hurricane Katrina

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