New Orleans, LA: Remembering Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later.
It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States of America leaving behind a trail of destruction and death in its path.
According to the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane in the United States of America’s history and one of the deadliest hurricanes to strike the United States of America in recorded history. Hurricane Katrina’s destruction wasn’t limited to just Louisiana and Mississippi with damage reported as far east as the Florida Panhandle due to the large wind field and storm surge associated with the hurricane.
Hurricane Katrina was responsible for at least 1,833 people died directly or indirectly by Hurricane Katrina, thousands of people injured, and an estimated $108 billion in damage.
Hurricane Katrina was also caused 70% percent of homes in New Orleans, Louisiana to be damaged by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding and caused 80% percent of New Orleans, Louisiana to be flooded after levees failed.
Over 20,000 people who were evacuated were housed inside the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina.
Over 1 million people in the Gulf Coast region of the United States of America to be displaced with many moving to other states including California.
The National Flood Insurance Program has paid $16.3 billion dollars in claims over Hurricane Katrina.
As of March 2015, 81 percent of Hurricane Katrina damaged homes have begun or completed rebuilding or renovating.
According to the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, Hurricane Katrina formed from the combination of a tropical wave, an upper-level trough, and the mid-level remnants of Tropical Depression Ten.
A tropical depression formed on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2015 about 200 miles southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. Moving northwestward, it became Tropical Storm Katrina during the following day about 75 miles east-southeast of Nassau. The storm moved through the northwestern Bahamas on Wednesday, August 24th, 2015 – Thursday, August 25th, 2015 and then turned westward toward southern Florida. Katrina became a hurricane just before making landfall near the Miami-Dade/Broward county line during the evening of Thursday, August 25th, 2015.
The hurricane moved southwestward across southern Florida into the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Friday, August 26th, 2015. Hurricane Katrina then strengthened significantly, reaching Category 5 intensity on Sunday, August 28th, 2015. Later that day, maximum sustained winds reached 175 mph with an aircraft-measured central pressure of 902 mb while centered about 195 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Hurricane Katrina turned to the northwest and then north, with the center making landfall near Buras, Louisiana at 1110 UTC on Monday, August 29th, 2015 with maximum winds estimated at 125 mph (Category 3). Continuing northward, the hurricane made a second landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi border at 1445 UTC with maximum winds estimated at 120 mph (Category 3). Weakening occurred as Katrina moved north-northeastward over land, but it was still a hurricane near Laurel, Mississippi. The cyclone weakened to a tropical depression over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday, August 30th, 2015.
Hurricane Katrina became an extratropical low on Wednesday, August 31st, 2015 and was absorbed by a frontal zone later that day over the eastern Great Lakes. Katrina brought hurricane conditions to southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and southwestern Alabama. The Coastal Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) station at Grand Isle, Louisiana reported 10-minute average winds of 87 mph at 0820 UTC on Monday, August 29th, 2015 with a gust to 114 mph. Higher winds likely occurred there and elsewhere, as many stations were destroyed, lost power, or lost communications during the storm. Storm surge flooding of 25 to 28 feet above normal tide level occurred along portions of the Mississippi coast, with storm surge flooding of 10 to 20 feet above normal tide levels along the southeastern Louisiana coast. Hurricane conditions also occurred over southern Florida and the Dry Tortugas.
The National Hurricane Center reported sustained winds of 69 mph at 0115 UTC on Friday, August 26th, 2015 with a gust to 87 mph. Additionally, tropical storm conditions occurred along the northern Gulf coast as far east as the coast of the western Florida Panhandle, as well as in the Florida Keys. Hurricane Katrina caused 10 to 14 inches of rain over southern Florida, and 8 to 12 inches of rain along its track inland from the northern Gulf coast. At least 33 tornadoes were reported from the storm.
May we continue to stand together and united with he people who were affected by Hurricane Katrina and many thanks to all the people who have helped safe lives and help to rebuild the communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.
** Sources and Picutres: National Weather Service, The Data Center, The University of New Orleans, National Hurricane Center, Insurance Information Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NASA. **