Media Coverage During Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina is one of the most horrific natural disaster in the twenty-first century in the United States. The hurricane hit on August 23, 2005, and ended August 31, 2005. The storm killed 1,836 people most of them from Louisiana and more than half of them were a senior citizen. The storm surge was twenty feet high. There are still 705 people missing after the storm.
There was no time to take cover. In conclusion, there were many conditions that made the hurricane so deadly, including weather, lack of observation, and bad forecasters. The storm was devastating. It attacked with 100 mph winds and 50 ft waves. It caused fires in Boston, flooded many towns in Connecticut and Rhode Island, wrecked 1,000 miles of coastline, and caused 400 million in damage.
Hurricane Katrina: the Affects of National Guidance SFC Guillermo Mora U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy Master Leader Course Class# 003-18 MSG Brandy Phillip Introduction One of the deadliest hurricanes hit the city of New Orleans, Louisiana on August 29, 2005. Hurricane Katrina did a lot of damage, but its aftermath was catastrophic. Levee breaches led to eighty percent of the city to be flooded causing more than 2,000 deaths and over 100 billion dollars in damages (History.com staff, 2009). The flooding also stranded 20,000 residents in the Louisiana Superdome and thousands more on rooftops for days. Displaced residents were desperate for help and in much need of food, water and basic essentials.
About 80% of New Orleans was under water during Hurricane Katrina. They estimate there was $81 million dollars in property damages as a result of the hurricane in Louisiana and Mississippi, and over $150 billion dollars in the total economic impact. This was the most costly hurricane ever in U.S. history. One of the most recent hurricanes was Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew killed over 46 people in the United States, along with over 1,000 in Haiti.
By upsetting the natural environment of the largest city of Louisiana, Katrina has not only led to ecological impacts but also health and financial. In fact, when Katrina swept over the coast, all human constructs were affected. Communications, roads, port, public buildings, hospitals, schools, businesses and homes were destroyed. The assessment could stop there, but it is really just a preamble to all the problems that were created by the sudden disappearance of a whole system. The destruction of buildings and infrastructure has had very different effects on the quality of life of the population, and at various time scales.
Waves were so high it was hitting up to two stories on houses. When the storm was considered a hurricane the winds were only 74 MPH but as soon as the storm was full force winds were up to 155MPH Hurricane of 1938 had one of the biggest impacts on mankind. Almost all buildings were taken down by the 500 mile long storm. All the roads were destroyed. Lastly and the biggest impact was on the families.
Hurricanes have heavy rain, strong winds, and big waves that can knock boats over, damage buildings, pull trees from the ground, ruin cars and kill lots of people. ' 'Basic Facts About Hurricanes, ' ' stated hurricanes are among the largest, most powerful storms on Earth. Hurricanes lose strength, as they move over land. Weather in they eye of a hurricane, is usually calm. Hurricanes have led to the death of around 200 million people, over the past 200 years.
In 2010, the biggest earthquake since 1770 struck Haiti, causing over 250,000 deaths and affecting at least three million people, drastically increasing the level of poverty (“Top 5 Facts about Poverty in Haiti”). The earthquake destroyed practically everything, leaving the country in ruins. The small amount of infrastructure in Haiti was destroyed, leaving the government with no way to organize and regulate life. Left without an economy, the country was impossible to save. The World Bank estimates that the earthquake caused eight million dollars in damage, leading the country further into poverty (“Top 5 Facts about Poverty in Haiti”).
Overview of the Risk Issue: Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the United States living memory, affecting 92, 000 square miles, and destroying the majority of New Orleans. Over 1,800 people died and tens of thousands were left homeless and without basic necessities. Katrina evolved into a series of connected crises, with two basic causes. The primary cause was the hurricane itself, and no less damaging, the collapse of man-made levees meant to protect a city built below sea-level. These factors caused a series of cascading problems that characterizes Katrina as an example of a new type of complex crisis.
Earlier this month, Hurricane Joaquin had most of the population along the U.S. East Coast on the edge of their seats as it was upgraded from Category 1 to Category 4 (130 mile per hour winds) within a week’s time. Although the “storm of the century” eventually bypassed the U.S., Joaquin has, nonetheless, caused considerable damages along the way. It tore off roofs, uprooted trees, unleashed unrelenting rain leading to heavy flooding in South Carolina. It also swallowed up a 735-foot cargo ship with 33 missing people off the Bahamas. The initial panic was understandable.