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MEDC: Local:
Hurricane Katrina
Formed: August 23rd, 2005 (2005 Hurricane Season)

Dissipated: August 30th, 2005

Highest Winds: 175mph

Fatalities: 1, 836

Damage: $300billion (MetOffice)

Areas Affected: Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Panhandle.

Flooded levee system in New Orleans, Louisiana;
80% of New Orleans was flooded. Much of…

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90% coastal structures completely destroyed

First hit land in South Florida and Cuba as category one storm; 80mph winds; rainfall exceeded
14inches; storm surges of 3-5 feet.

Then hit Louisiana four days later; 125mph winds; category three storm; storm surges exceeding 14

Economic Effects

Katrina damaged or destroyed 30…

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Federal Emergency Management Agency - logistical supply deployments, mortuary team with
refrigerated trucks, housing assistance,

Coast Guard rescued more than 33, 000 stranded people.

Military presence.

Congress authorised $63billion for aid.

Countries offering money include: Cuba, Venezuela, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, South Korea,
Australia and China.

India sent tarps, blankets…

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Number of housing units damaged, destroyed, or inaccessible because of Katrina: 850,791

Percentage of New Orleans' pre-Katrina residents who have returned to the city:
approximately 45

Depth of water covering parts of New Orleans: 20 feet

Square miles of coastal wetlands that were converted to open water after Hurricanes Katrina…


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