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Hurricane Katrina is one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history and was the most expensive natural disaster ever to affect the United States. The category 5 hurricane caused billions of dollars worth of damage, killed hundreds of people and destroyed homes along the entire East Coast of America. For more information on Hurricane Katrina read the fact file below or download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
• Hurricane Katrina was the 11th named storm of 2005 and the 5th hurricane.
• Hurricane Katrina followed Tropical Storm Jose and was preceded by Hurricane Dennis in July 2005.
• Hurricane Katrina formed on August 23rd, 2005 and last until August 31st.
• The hurricane originated as a Tropical Storm over the Bahamas.
• Tropical Storm Katrina turned into Hurricane Katrina over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
• On August 27th, President George W. Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
• The residents of New Orleans were evacuated from the city in their first-ever mandatory evacuation. Around 1.2 million people were evacuated from the Gulf Coast in total.
• Hurricane Katrina became a category 5 hurricane on August 28th.
• Bu August 28th, almost all the infrastructure along the Gulf Coast had been closed down in preparation for Hurricane Katrina.
• The maximum wind speed of Hurricane Katrina was 175mph.
• In some places, rainfall from Hurricane Katrina reached 15 inches.
• At least 1,200 people died during Hurricane Katrina. Around half of these were in New Orleans alone.
• It’s estimated that Hurricane Katrina caused $108 billion worth of property damage. This is 50% more than Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
• Most of the damage was caused by flooding and storm surges from out at sea. Levees and flood protection measures were broken down by the storm, leaving towns and cities unprotected.
• The storm surges from Hurricane Katrina reached 20ft high.
• Around 90% of beachfront properties in Mississippi were destroyed by water.
• Around 80% of New Orleans was flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
• A total of 53 flood defenses in New Orleans were destroyed by Katrina, and the majority of roads out of the city were damaged, which restricted the evacuation efforts.
• The levees in New Orleans were only built to withstand category 3 hurricanes, which is why they were all destroyed by Hurricane Katrina which was a category 5.
• About 3 million people were left without electricity when Hurricane Katrina had ended.
• Around 90,000 square miles of land was affected by Hurricane Katrina.
• 30 oil platforms were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and 44 oil spills lost over 7 million gallons of oil into the ocean.
• The states most affected by Hurricane Katrina were Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
• Hurricane Katrina was named the deadliest storm to hit the USA since 1928.
• Over 70 countries around the world donated money and aid to the Hurricane Katrina clean up operation.
• Katrina has since been retired as a meteorological name and will never be used for North Atlantic hurricanes again.
Hurricane Katrina Worksheets
This bundle contains 9 ready-to-use Hurricane Katrina Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Hurricane Katrina which is one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history and was the most expensive natural disaster ever to affect the United States. The category 5 hurricane caused billions of dollars worth of damage, killed hundreds of people and destroyed homes along the entire East Coast of America.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Hurricane Katrina Facts
- Before and After
- The Hurricane Timeline
- Hurricane Katrina Movement
- Understanding Hurricanes
- Forming a Hurricane
- A Damaging Storm
- Hurricane Preparation
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