Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina was the hurricane that hit southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi at around 6 a.m on Monday, August 29, 2005, as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm.

"With winds of 135 miles per hour (217 kilometers per hour), a powerful storm surge, and heavy rains, Katrina pounded the U.S. Gulf Coast, triggering extensive life-threatening flooding," NASA reported. [1] As Katrina moved over the land during the day it rapidly weakened to be a Catgroy 2 storm by 2.45pm that afternoon.

Preliminary estimates are that as many as one million people could become homeless as a result of the storm [2]. Currently, five million people are without power in the Gulf Coast of the United States region and it may be up to two months before all power is restored [3].


"The Google Earth team is working on adding imagery of the impact of Hurricane Katrina ... and will be posting links to this imagery for viewing as 'image overlays' in Google Earth." [4]



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