Hurricane Devastation Of Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes in United States history. Hurricane Katrina was by far the most destructive storm to strike the United States with the actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage between $96-125 billion. An estimated 1,836 people died and millions of others were left homeless along the gulf coast and in New Orleans. With homes virtually destroyed, thousands of people abandoned the area which in turn caused thousands of jobs to disappear. New Orleans lost 190,000 jobs, while the state of Louisiana lost 219,000 jobs and overall 12 percent statewide. More than 70 countries contributed large donations in the relief phase showing overall support and generosity.
Katrina started over the Bahamas on Aug 23, 2005 as a tropical depression. With winds of about 40 mph, the storm is named tropical storm Katrina. Katrina became a category five storm on August 28th with winds as high as 175 mph. Katrina then became a category one hurricane after moving over southern and central Mississippi. Katrina destroyed more than 200,000 homes and led to massive economic and physical dislocation. Thousands of people lost their jobs and were forced to move to other cities. Oil production and refining operations shut down for weeks. Gas prices went way up along with other energy prices. Almost 2.3 million people were left without power. Major damage was done to the Port of New Orleans, disrupting the Nations shipping industry. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita…
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