Hurricane Katrina

The hurricane of 2005.

What is a hurricane?

Do you know what a hurricane is? It is a tropical disturbance in the ocean, gaining strength from the warn waters of the ocean. Once hurricanes make landfall (or hit land) they start to weaken because they have no water to absorb on land.


Hurricanes are named and categorized by something called the Saffir Simpson Scale. They are categorized by their wind speed and then are given a category 1-5. They are given a name is randomly through the alphabet.



Who was Katrina?

Now that you know the basic information about hurricanes I am going to tell you about one of the most destructive hurricanes of all time, Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina started to form on August, 29, 2005. Hurricane Katrina first hit Alabama and continued to wreak havoc on everything in it's way. Hurricane Katrina caused approximately 1,200 people to die and rendered many homeless.


Katrina ended up costing the U.S. about $75 billion dollars, the most costliest hurricane in history. Hurricane Katrina also reached one of the highest wind speeds, a mind blowing 175 MPH wing gust! Since Katrina was so destructive there will never be another Hurricane Katrina.


Katrina is one of the most unique hurricane for these reasons. Katrina was a category 3 when it made landfall but went to a category 5 while on land. Katrina's rain was 10-20 feet above normal tide level. It also went almost all the way across the united states.


Based on all of the facts you can assume that Katrina was one of the destructive hurricanes in history.