By BRENDAN HEBERTON. Aug 19, 2015
Hurricane Katrina made multiple U.S. landfalls during the last days of August, 2005. First slamming Florida on August 25th, 2005 as a category 1 hurricane, the cyclone would move into the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen before making a second landfall as a category 3 hurricane in Louisiana on the morning of August, 29th, 2005. In the hours and days following the landfall in New Orleans it was clear the storm had inflicted extraordinary damage on the region, leaving behind a scar that would take years to heal.
Prior to making landfall in New Orleans, Katrina strengthened into a category 5 hurricane as it moved across the heart of the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, reaching maximum sustained winds of 175mph on August 28th. Evacuation orders went out to an estimated 1 million people along the Gulf Coast, as Katrina set sights on the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline.
It is estimated that nearly 100,000 people remained in New Orleans during the storm, either by choice or otherwise. Those that stayed behind braved the storm in their homes and various shelters across the city, with nearly 10,000 people hunkering down in the New Orleans' Superdome. Katrina displaced the greatest number of individuals in the United States since the Dust Bowl.
This month marks the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, so we mark it with a look back at this incredible cyclone, the devastation it brought to the Gulf coast region, and the progress made in rebuilding over the last decade.