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WEATHER DISASTER: HURRICANE KATR1Weather Disaster: Hurricane KatrinaElizabeth BrookshireGEO101C – Earth Science with LabColorado State University – Global CampusDr. Heather HillJanuary 29th, 2018
WEATHER DISASTER: HURRICANE KATR2Weather Disaster: Hurricane KatrinaHurricanes form in the Atlantic Ocean during September and October each year, and luckily, do not make landfall frequently. While the detriment of Hurricane Harvey is still in full swing, Hurricane Katrina is still the most detrimental hurricane to have ever hit in the United States in terms of economy, destruction, brute strength, and its effects on planet Earth. As many know, Katrina left thousands without food, water, shelter, or their lives over a 48 hour period. In addition to its Category 5 rating, a combination of the towns in coastal Louisiana being below sea level and the levies breaking, this hurricane left little behind, except for lessons learned to prepare for the next great hurricane due to the Earth’s rapidly changing climate.Hurricane Katrina originally formed as a tropical depression about 200 miles southeast ofthe Bahama Islands in late August 2005, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Hurricanes in History, para.42). Once this depression was formed, a band of new storm clouds spun around the center of the depression, creating wind speeds of 40 miles per hour (Zimmerman, 2015). The winds were 40 mph and it has been recorded for hurricanes that occurred in the Atlantic it was ranked 6thplace for the strength of it. This storm was large and it stretched the winds to 30 nautical miles. 75 nautical miles were created to the east from the storms center.