AQA Geography - Hurricane Katrina case study

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Hurricane Katrina:

Location: New Orleans, south east USA.

Date: 2005.

Formation: over the Bahamas on the 23rd August; moved north west over the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico; struck Louisiana and Mississippi on 29th August (Category 3).

Louisiana & Mississippi: winds of 200 km/h; 200-250mm of rainfall; storm surge of 8.5m.

Social impacts:

  • 1,836 were killed.

  • 300,000 houses were destroyed; hundreds of thousands were made homeless.

  • 3 million people were left without electricity.

  • I-10

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