Hurricane Katrina Research Paper

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ORIGIN OF KATRINA HURRICANE: Katrina originated over the Bahamas on August 23rd 2005 from the interaction between a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten. Early the following day, the new depression intensified into Tropical Storm Katrina. The cyclone headed generally westward toward Florida and strengthened into a hurricane only two hours before making landfall Hallandale Beach and Aventura on August 25. After very briefly weakening to a tropical storm, Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on August 26 and began to rapidly deepen. The storm strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on August 29 in southeast Louisiana. Highest…show more content…
ECONOMIC EFFECTS: The Bush Administration sought $105 billion for repairs and reconstruction in the region. Katrina damaged 30 oil platforms and the total shut-in oil production from the Gulf of Mexico approximately 24% of the annual production and the shut-in gas production was about 18%.[3]1.3 million acres (5,300 km2) of forest lands were destroyed.[4] The total loss to the forestry industry from Katrina is calculated to rise to about $5 billion.[4] Hundreds of thousands of local residents were left unemployed. ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The storm surge caused substantial beach erosion, in some cases completely devastating coastal areas. The US Geological Survey has estimated 217 sq mi (560 km2) of land was transformed to water by the hurricanes Katrina and Rita.[5]The damage from Katrina forced the closure of 16 National Wildlife Refuges. The storm caused oil spills of 7 million US gallons (26,000 m3) oil being leaked which sparked fears in the scientific community of massive numbers of fish

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