katrina essay.docx - Perry 1 Jordan Robert Perry ANTH\/GEO 101 Short Paper 1 9 July 2017 Hurricane Katrina On one of the most devastating storms to hit

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Perry 1 Jordan Robert Perry ANTH/GEO 101 Short Paper 1 9 July 2017 Hurricane Katrina On 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 United States (Zimmerman 2015). Katrina started out as a tropical depression according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Zimmerman 2015). As of August 25 th , 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 28 th , 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).
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