Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina of 2005

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is one of the most powerful storms in nature. Hurricanes develop over the coast of Africa. They start as a Tropical disturbance and develop into a tropical storm. Once the wind hits 50 mph it becomes a hurricane.


Hurricane Katrina was a category 3 on the Simpson scale. The scale runs from one to five, five being the highest and most destructive. Katrina developed on August 23 and made landfall on August 25 of 2005. A hurricane forms over water that is 80 degrees. When it hits land it flattens out into just a storm. Hurricane Katrina was blamed in cause of over 1,200 deaths because it was so powerful. She destroyed many houses, towns, families, and any civilization that was in its path. Picture to left of damage.

Naming Hurricanes

A hurricane is named on 6 lists that rotate through the years. Hurricanes are categorized by the wind speed. Hurricane Katrina was a category 3 because of her wind speed and of the costs of destroyed civilization which was over 106 billion dollars. If the hurricanes are very bad and destructive they change the name of the dreadful hurricane. Hurricane Katrina didn't get renamed.Picture to right of naming.

Hurricanes And Typhoons

Hurricanes and typhoons are very similar. The only difference is geography. A hurricane can reach up to 150 mph or more. Hurricanes are very deadly. A hurricane has to have water. If they don't get water than they flatten out into just a storm. Hurricanes forms if the wind speed is over 50 mph, but first it is a tropical disturbance then it is a tropical storm. Then it reaches the hurricane stage. Hurricanes are more than a thunderstorm, they can be deadlier like Katrina. Katrina wrecked many of the civilization in its path.


Hurricanes are mysterious and unpredictable so you don't know where they are going. Hurricanes create their own paths. I think to kill and destroy. So now you have learned interesting facts about hurricane Katrina and other facts about hurricanes. Picture of hurricane traveling.


By Abby Buchanan