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Sarah EdmondsonShort Paper #1August 29, 2005, one of the deadliest hurricanes ever hit the United States, Hurricane Katrina. This paper will describe the hurricane itself in more detail, the strength based on the “Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale”, extent of its damage, and the losses to all the cities involved. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale will be explained here in detail to allow for understanding of Hurricane Katrina and its intensity later on. This scale is rated on a 1-5 based off the hurricane’s intensity at the present time. This scale gives those that may be involved or in the surrounding area a better understanding of the expected property damage and flooding that is to be expected so they can prepare for the outcome. Category 1 hurricanes have wind speeds ranging from 74-95 mph with damage being minimal (Getis 92). Most of the damage willbe to unanchored mobile homes, vegetation, and signs and some shallow flooding. Category 2 hurricanes will have wind speeds ranging from 96-110 mph with moderate damage (Getis 92). There will be significant damage to mobile homes and trees at this point with flooding of roads near the coast and bay. Category 3 hurricanes will have wind speeds of 111-130 with extensive damage (Getis 92). The damage is structural damage to small buildings, large trees will be down, mobiles homes destroyed, and widespread flooding near the coast and bay. Category 4