Hurricane Katrina



Like all tropical cyclones, a hurricane needs the warm water of the tropics, which feeds a storm with energy, in order to form.The atmosphere must be laden with moisture. The water must be at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit down to at least 150 feet scientists estimate. In the beginning, a disturbance forms in the atmosphere, developing into an area of low atmospheric pressure. Winds begin to move into the center of the storm seedling from surrounding areas of higher air pressure. Warm water heats the air, and it rises as it nears the center.Most hurricanes that hit the United States begin either in the Caribbean or the Atlantic. Many of the worst start as seedlings coming off the coast of Africa.
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Hurricane Katrina was if not the, one of the most destructive, damaging hurricanes in history

Saffir-Simpson Scale
Category
Winds (mph)
Storm Surge (feet)
1
74-95
4-5
2
96-110
6-8
3
111-130
9-12
4
131-155
13-18
5
155 +
18 +
Hurricane Katrina Hurricane was the costliest and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest hurricane on record that made landfall in the United States. It formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there, before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico and becoming one of the strongest hurricanes on record while at sea.
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Hurricane Katrina's Eyewall
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It is speculated that race played a part in the delayed relief response

Shortly after the hurricane moved away on August 30, 2005, some residents of New Orleans who remained in the city began looting stores. Many were in search of food and water. Reports of carjacking, murders, thefts, and rapes in New Orleans flooded the news. Several news media later determined that the majority of reports were based on unfounded rumors. Thousands of National Guard and federal troops were mobilized as well as many local law enforcement officers from around the country who were temporarily deputized by the state of Louisiana. Troops were armed with M16s and were prepared to kill. "There was shooting going on. There was sniping going on. Over the first week of September, law and order was gradually restored to the city,” said Congressman Bill Jefferson.
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The number of deaths from Hurricane Katrina was exorbitantly more than most all hurricanes
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problem.+Rapes%2C+violence+and+estimates+of+the+dead+were+wrong.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina#cite_note-69

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