Hurricane Katrina

By: Taylor Evernham

What is a hurricane and what causes it? Where do they occur and can they be predicted?

A hurricane is a strong tropical storm when the maximum sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour. Hurricanes are formed when: the ocean is warm (more than 80º), winds coming together are pushing upward, the humid air makes the clouds, and light winds outside the storm steer it and make it grow. Hurricanes occur in mostly tropical regions or in the ocean. Scientists can usually see the hurricane forming and predict how fast the wind will be and how soon or if it will hit shore by the advanced technology they use.
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Prevention and what you can do to stay safe.

Here are some suggestions to help you stay safest during a hurricane:

* You should evacuate, if it is recommended. Also try to have an emergency kit with flashlights, first aid kit, batteries, etc.

• If you do stay at home during a hurricane:

- stay indoors and away from windows

- find a safe room to wait out the storm in without windows if possible (ex. bathroom, basement, closet, interior room,etc.

- if flooding poses a threat, turn off your main electricity breaker

- if flooding starts get to high ground

When and where was Hurricane Katrina? What was the cause and total death toll?

Hurricane Katrina was formed August 23, 2005 and dissipated August 31, 2005. It hit the Gulf Coast states but, mostly impacted New Orleans because their average elevation is about 6 feet below sea level also, it is surrounded by water. List of areas affected: Bahamas, South Florida and Florida Panhandle, Cuba, Louisiana (New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, also most of eastern North America. The cause of the hurricane was just like any other hurricane but, it was very strong. The final death toll was at 1,836 people.
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Interesting Facts

• Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States.

• Was a category 5 major hurricane.

• About 705 people are still reported missing because of Hurricane Katrina.

• About 80% of New Orleans was under water after the storm, up to 20ft deep in some places.

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The damage the hurricane caused was very traumatic, it impacted about 90,000 square miles. The hurricane caused $81 billion in in property damages, but it's estimated that the total economic impact in Louisiana and Mississippi may exceed $150 billion. Which makes it the costliest hurricane ever in US history. Hundreds of thousands of residents were left unemployed by the hurricane and affected over 15 million people in ways varying from home damage, rising gas prices, and the economy suffrage.


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