Perry 1Jordan Robert PerryANTH/GEO 101Short Paper 19 July 2017Hurricane KatrinaOn August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating storms to hit the United States of America made landfall in New Orleans. On August 23, 2005 just 200 miles southeast of the Bahamas, Hurricane Katrina formed and started making its way towards the south eastern UnitedStates (Zimmerman 2015). Katrina started out as a tropical depression according to the NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Association (Zimmerman 2015). As of August 25th, the storm had reached Southern Florida; however it was only categorized as Category One (winds reaching speeds a maximum of 95 mph based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) and only caused a little flooding but tragically took two lives (Zimmerman 2015). Once over the Gulf of Mexico, Katrina gained strength due to the fact that it “stalled beneath a very large upper level anti cyclone” (Zimmerman 2015). As of August 28th, speeds reached approximately 175mph, which the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale classified it as Category Five Hurricane (Zimmerman 2015). As the storm approached the Louisiana/Mississippi border, wind speeds reduced to 120 mph, which the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classified it as Class Three (Zimmerman 2015). In the span of U.S. History, Hurricane Katrina is considered the largest residential natural disaster (Plyer 2016).