Hurricanes By: Maria Valletta

This is damage that was caused by Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane brought in a lot of rubble, and destroyed many things with the rubble.

Hurricane Katrina was a devastating hurricane that struck. In August 29, 2005 it hit the Gulf Coast in the United States. The hurricane had a category 3 rating with a range of 100-140 mph winds! It stretch to about 400 miles across.

Katrina caused so much damage, so they spent billions of dollars. Because of this pricey tragedy many salaries in America to be cut. George Miller commented on this matter saying, "The administration us using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities."

Hurricane Katrina- along with rubble- brought levee branches that caused flooding all everywhere. Here you see a car (most likely evacuating) driving through the flooded roads.

Because of the billions of dollars of damage, gas prices were also raised. Bob Ney noted, "Along with you, I have witnessed the unfortunate rise in gasoline prices that has accompanied the summer driving season and the more recent spike in gas prices due to Hurricane Katrina."

Many lives were lost because of Hurricane Katrina, but some were saved. Thanks to the coast guard 34,000 people- only in New Orleans- were rescued. Though many were rescued not all could be saved. Hurricane Katrina took the lives of about 2,000 people.

So how does a hurricane form? Well, most hurricanes form by the equator over warm ocean waters. In order for a hurricane to actually form it needs 2 things. One- Warm Ocean water and two- Wind.

The scale for a hurricane is actually quite simple. A category one hurricane would have 74-95 mph winds, the damage would be minimal. A category two would have 96-110 mph winds, and the damage would be moderate. Now a category 3 (which was Hurricane Katrina) would have 111-129 mph winds with extensive amounts of damage. Category four has 130-156 with extreme damage. Finally, a category 5 would have 157 mph winds or higher, and catastrophic amounts of damage. Thankfully there haven't been very many in history, but they are possible and have happened.

www.nhc.noaa.gov scijinks.gov www.secretsofsurvival.com

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Created with images by Loco Steve - "Hurricane Katrina photos" • au_tiger01 - "HURRICANE KATRINA"

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