On August 23, 2005 a dreadful hurricane hit the Golf Coast mainly New Orleans. All the civilians around were not prepared for such a hit. Hurricane Pam, an artificial hurricane was created as a practice run before this dreadful hurricane attacked. Although, little did everyone know that what they were preparing for was not enough. The city of New Orleans would be soon known as the city under water.
Hurricane Katrina was a massive category five storm. Katrina hit southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi and proceeded from August 23 through August 31, 2005. Hurricane Katrina was arguably the worst natural disaster in history to date. The cause of the major flooding was because the levees failed and the outcome varied from housing damage to political arguments. To began, Hurricane Katrina became a Category 5 storm on August 28, 2005 as the winds struck at 175 mph.
August 23, 2005 Tropical Depression Twelve formed. The depression became Katrina August 24 when it was located over the Bahamas. Katrina was the 11th tropical storm of the 2005 hurricane season. Katrina turned westward on August 25th, toward Florida. Katrina intensified before making landfall in Florida and was a hurricane about 2 hours before making landfall on the southeastern coast of Florida, near the border of Miami-Dade County and Broward County.
Additionally, scientists had been warning New Orleans and the government that climate change would lead to increased storm activity and that the city’s defenses weren’t strong enough for such a storm. However, these warnings were ignored by the government and no preventative measures were taken which has influenced the effects of the storm. The reason for the poor response of the government and their negligence of the warnings is arguable. However, it is positive that the reason for this is that the majority of the people affected were the poor, and mostly colored, citizen of New Orleans. The city is racially and economically segregated and these citizen lived in the lower parts of the city, which go down to 11 feet below sea level.
A hurricane is a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean. One of the biggest hurricanes that hit the world was Hurricane Ten. Hurricane Ten is the oldest Category 5 hurricane in the official North Atlantic hurricane database, which dates back as far as 1851. The hurricane first struck the Western tip of Cuba with winds of 165 miles per hour causing roughly 90 deaths. Hurricane Ten later struck the United States in South Florida causing minimal damage.
In recent years, Hurricane Katrina and Matthew have been very catastrophic. Katrina is considered to be the most destructive hurricane of all time. This hurricane deeply affected the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Katrina formed from remnants of a previous storm that hit the Bahamas in 2005. As conditions became favorable, it started barrelling toward the Gulf Coast.
Galveston Hurricane: September 8, 1900. On September 8, a Category 4 hurricane ripped through Galveston, killing an estimated amount 6,000 to 8,000 people. A 15-foot storm flooded the city, which was then situated at less than 9 feet above sea level, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. On the day of September 8 ,1900 a Category 4 hurricane went through Galveston, Texas and around 6,000 to 8,000 people died.
It was August 29, 2005. A massive hurricane hit the gulf coast of the United States. There were 1,836 people killed. At least 70,000 people were rescued. The people of Louisiana needed hope that their lives would be rebuilt, so as governor, Kathleen Blanco gave an inspirational speech called the “Address to a Joint Session of the Louisiana State Legislature.
The two most recent Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina impacted differently, they both had fatalities, damages and occurred different years. Year of Occurrence No sign of any catastrophe that was going to happen in 2017, until August 17, 2017 - September 2, 2017. (“Historic Hurricane Harvey 's Recap”, 2017) This is a date that will not be forgotten by millions of people.
With winds reaching more than 175 miles per hour this was the strongest winds the city of New Orleans had ever seen. With the winds came lots of water, some areas of New Orleans seen more than 20 feet of water. My home was in an area that was greatly impacted by the water. I remember watching the news and seeing all the damage caused by the hurricane. The system that was in place to protect the city had failed.
September, 1938 off the coast of Africa a storm was brewing and was heading towards the coast of Florida. Conditions everyone on the East-coast went through had a lot to do with the weather. Weather was really hard to spot to know it was a hurricane because when it hit the coast of Florida all it was was rain and Florida gets rain all the time but a couple days in, the weather started picking up. This storm was one of the worst storms ever recorded. Waves were so high it was hitting up to two stories on houses.
Katrina recorded top wind speeds of one hundred miles per hour and spread across four-hundred miles. Massive floods occurred in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as, widespread damage recorded in Georgia and Florida. In all, Hurricane Katrina killed over two thousand people, damaged approximately ninety thousand square miles, and is currently the most costly natural disaster in US history at one hundred and forty-five billion dollars. As expected, the local and state governments were overwhelmed by this cause of events, especially dealing with the limited resources and political climate that surrounded the aftermath of Katrina.
In the spring season of 1719, New Orleans floods and the building of levees begins and continues for three centuries, which is an example of the several times history has repeated itself. Although there are many positive attributes of the city, New Orleans has persevered through some of the most devastating natural disasters in the past century. The city of New Orleans was originally founded by Jean- Baptiste Le Moyne in 1717. His chief engineers informed him that the location was not an ideal place for a city because it was located along the Mississippi River, which was known to be prone to flooding.
History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, ) This is probably because of the fact that since it happened so long ago and there wasn’t enough technology to even know exactly what happened. This makes the hurricane fascinating because if you did not live there at the time, then you probably do not know what happened. The highest measured wind speed for the great storm of 1900 was 100 mph which was more than ever experienced at the time. This made people who were alive not very prepared for what happened and they didn’t know if their family members were even