Storm of the Century: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

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Welcome to the WNewsNetwork’s Feature of the Storm of the Century: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina. You will see a timeline of the storm, read some stories from 2005 regarding the storm.

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In the early morning hours on August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of United States. Initially, Katrina had a Category 3 rating according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale and with that came heavy winds that reached 100-140 miles per hour that spanned an area of 400 miles. Even though the storm itself inflicted severe damage, the aftermath was even more devastating. Levee breaches resulted in massive widespread flooding and many people accused the federal government of a slow response in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Nearly 2000 people lost their lives, hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama were displaced from their homes and damages caused by the storm were estimated to be more then $100 billion.

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A BBC News Story from 2005 regrading the Hurricane Katrina.

The storm has knocked out power and submerged part of the low-lying city in up to 6ft (2m) of rising water.

Katrina has torn part of the roof of a stadium, where many sought refuge.

Mississippi and Alabama are also being pounded by the violent storm, which weakened as it swept inland, but brought winds of 105mph (170km/h).

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