Hurricane Katrina By:Ian Hart

Who

  • The people most effected by hurricane Katrina were those in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and most severely Louisiana.
  • No total death toll but over 1,800 lives were lost.
  • Over 700 people were missing as of 2011.
  • Close to 1 million refugees.

What:

  • the National Weather Service of New Orleans gave a warning to evacuate the city on the morning of August 28, 2005.
  • The hurricane named "Katrina" was suppose to be the strongest since "Camille" which was back in 1969.
  • Hurricane Katrina was stated to have unpredictable strength

Where:

  • Katrina, only a category 1 at this time, first struck the U.S. at the southern part of Florida, between Aventura and Hallandale Beach.
  • Katrina, now as a category 5 hurricane, was headed toward New Orleansbut first would hit Alabama and Mississippi.
  • When Katrina finally reached New Orleans, Louisiana it had lowered to a category 3 hurricane.

When:

  • Hurricane Katrina started as a tropical depression twelve on August 23, 2005.
  • The next day was moved up to a tropical storm. These same day the governor of Florida issued a state of emergency.
  • On August 25, the coast of Florida was hit by the cat. 1 hurricane.
  • By August 27, Hurricane Katrina had doubled in sized and was now categorized as level 3
  • On the morning of August 29, it touched Louisiana at 6:10 am, leaving the streets of New Orleans under water.

Impact:

  • 169 miles of the 350 miles of levees and flood control was destroyed
  • Over an estimated $150 billion of damages were caused by Katrina including: property, building, and street lights
  • The name "Katrina" was retired by the World Meteorological Organization because of the massive death total and damages.

Inspiration to the City and the Country:

  • Some movies depicted scenes of the survivors during and after the hurricane, like in Trouble the Water.
  • Also Spike Lee created a documentary with first hand accounts of survivors.
  • Still struggling from this devastation, in 2009, the New Orleans Saints make a miraculous playoff run. Capping it off with their first ever Super Bowl bringing more attention and opportunity for the struggling city.

Meaning in History:

  • Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
  • It effect lives of those who lived in the areas effected by the hurricane and those in the more northern states.
  • It brought a lot of people together through their efforts to help those directly effected by Katrina.

Citations:

Ron Horton. "Hurricane Katrina." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Gale, 2013. U.S. History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/ZCXDON286113439/UHIC?u=catholiccenhs&xid=02bb9427. Accessed 2 May 2017

"Hurricane Katrina Devastates Louisiana Coast, August 2005." Historic U.S. Events, Gale, 2011. U.S. History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/BT2359030190/UHIC?u=catholiccenhs&xid=18851222. Accessed 2 May 2017.

"Hurricane Katrina." American Law Yearbook 2006, Gale, 2006, pp. 107-109. U.S. History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX2586600054/UHIC?u=catholiccenhs&xid=4b1c3156. Accessed 2 May 2017.

"Louisiana." Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States, edited by Timothy L. Gall, 7th ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2007, pp. 333-352. U.S. History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX2661700031/UHIC?u=catholiccenhs&xid=52312dc6. Accessed 2 May 2017.

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