Cause and Effects of Katrina October 30, 2012 Cause and Effects of Katrina The tragic occurrence of Hurricane Katrina, a registered CAT 3 hurricane with gusting winds ranging from 111-130 mph exposed significant architectural deficiencies in the levee systems of New Orleans. Though not all architectural breakdowns are as disastrous, the breeched levees led to numerous deaths, homes, community businesses, roadways, and left a pathway of devastation that is still being repaired today. Due to the horrific event many lawsuits were filed, many conspiracy theories were created, and many court cases were initiated. Hurricane Katrina had a significant impact on our country and those effects are still being endured today. Even though New Orleans was once devastated, major developments to the failed system of levees have been made.
Hurricane Katrina Axial College Material Week Six COM/150 EFFECTIVE ESSAY WRITING Week 6 The effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have been long-lasting and a disaster for all families in the state of Louisiana. “Hurricane Katrina was one of the strongest storms to impact the coast of the United States during the last 100 years.” It is the third most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the United States. The duration of the storm was from August 23 through August 31, 2005. The storm had a short period of time but its damages were so tragic that left long term damages. Many living in the city fled prior to the storm, but many believed the reminiscences of the storm wouldn’t be as bad as they thought and they stayed.
“The famous New Orleans city and surrounding areas were hit worst, as much of it sits some 6 feet below sea level. City defenses, such as levees, only designed for category 3 type hurricanes, gave way, leading to enormous flooding and associated damage, death and displacement of around 100,000 people who either chose to say the course, or could not afford to flee” (Shah, 2005). On that
Hurricanes range from a category one hurricane all the way to a category five reaching winds up to one hundred seventy miles per hour plus. Unlike hurricanes, tsunamis form from earthquakes that form a sudden displacement on the seafloor. Volcanic eruptions, landslides, underwater explosions, and meteorite impacts can also generate tsunamis. The most dramatic contrast between hurricanes and tsunamis is the death toll. Many people lose their lives because of hurricanes and tsunamis, which is a tragedy and disaster.
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The effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans was extremely severe, resulting from one of the most deadly natural disasters in U.S. history. By August 30th, 2005, one day after the Category 4 storm made landfall, about 80 percent of the city of New Orleans, was flooded with some parts of the city under 20 feet of water. The flood was caused by several levees breaches, which most people didn’t believe it could breach, due to a combination of a powerful storm surge, strong winds and excess water in the bodies of water surrounding the city. After reading the author’s response, her curiosity was based on her belief that the delayed response time was due to racism. She first noticed when watching the T.V.
CASE STUDY: Hurricane Gilbert 1988 Hurricane Gilbert was an extremely powerful tropical cyclone that formed during the 1988 Atlantic hurricane season and brought widespread destruction to the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It was one of the most intense hurricanes ever observed in the Atlantic basin. Gilbert claimed 433 lives, mostly in Mexico. Exact monetary damage figures are not available, but the total for all areas affected by Gilbert is estimated to be near $7.1 billion (1988 USD). It affected Eastern Caribbean and Venezuela, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Central America, Mexico and the United States On September 3, 1988, a tropical wave was detected on satellite imagery satellite imagery as it moved off the coast of Africa.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the strongest storms to hit the United States. The hurricane became the costliest and one of the five most deadliest ever (Brunner). The hurricane whipped its way through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana where it caused the most damage. Hurricane Katrina began as a tropical depression on August 23, but quickly became a mega hurricane that hit the gulf coast on August 29th 2005. The mega hurricane displaced millions and killed over 1,800 people.