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HURRICANE KATRINA

hurricane - extreme low pressue climatic hazard that forms where sea temps are over 26.C

- deadliest and most destructive atlantic hurricane of 2005

- atleast 1,836 people died

- total property damage = $81 billion

  • arriving in late august 2005
  • winds up to 127 mph
  • caused widespread flooding 
  • tracked over the Gulf of Mexico and hit New Orleans 
  • winds produced a storm surge over the ocean - led to flooding in coastal areas
  • storm surge and huge waves - generated by the wind, pushed up water levels around the city
  • levees…

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